To promote sustainability we need practical, creative and innovative strategies to process waste, particularly the 66.9 million tonnes of hazardous waste produced annually, that if left untreated can be a health hazard and cause long-term environmental degradation. Chemical waste control is the management and processing of chemical waste substances to minimise harm to human health and the environment.
Because of the environment in which they work, chemical waste controllers mostly wear personal protective equipment, particularly safety glasses and gloves. They work between laboratory and office spaces, testing chemical materials and reporting on their findings and proposed actions.
Chemical waste controllers need to have a good understanding of chemistry and the laws and regulations that guide toxic waste disposal. They will also benefit from:
Identify hazardous substances like asbestos, lead paint, oil spills, chemicals and radioactive material
Advise on clean-up and management procedures of hazardous substances
Store and transport chemical waste and other hazardous materials
Define and advise on disposal techniques of hazardous materials
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Chemistry at all universities
Diploma, Advanced Diploma, M.Tech in Chemistry at CPUT, DUT, MUT, TUT, VUT and WSU
National, provincial and local government.
Chemical disposal companies.
Waste management companies.