Mason & Hanger Corporation - Middletown, IA
Mason & Hanger Corporation (M&H) procured a PC-based hardware and software system which provides automated control over the tracking of hazardous waste. The system utilizes bar coding for quick and accurate data entry. The system is able to track each hazardous waste container from the date of issuance to the date of shipment for disposal. Each inspection is recorded as well as the movement from generation to accumulation area to permitted storage area. It features an automatic tickler system for the 90 day and the one year storage areas. Various reports and analyses are available to the user. A complete history of each hazardous waste container is available to either a screen or printer. The manifest can be generated by the system at the time of shipment.
The facility is classed as a large quantity generator of hazardous waste. It has 6 permitted storage areas, 6 treatment areas, 14 accumulation areas, and 57 generation areas. All of these are spread throughout the 19,000 acre facility. Keeping track of each hazardous waste container was a monumental task. The paperwork was burdensome, and the chance for error or omission was very high.
In an effort to relieve the situation, it was decided to explore the potential of a bar code system for resolving the issue. Finally a supplier was found with what appeared to be the answer to the problem. The basic system was sound and it could be easily fine tuned to M&H's particular method of operation.
The system is now approaching full implementation. It has been modified a total of three times and now fully addresses the Company's needs. Since using the bar code tracking system, no container has exceeded its storage limits and no container has ever failed to be inspected on time. During a recent EPA Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) compliance audit, a question concerning an inspection date was resolved with the historical information in the system.
The cost to implement such a system is in the $25,000 to $30,000 range and operating expenses are a minor cost factor.