Hazardous Materials Month

Hazardous Materials Month
Posted on 04/07/2022

April is Hazardous Materials Safety Month, and the Arlington Heights Fire Department is sharing information from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA), who wants you to learn about the potential hazards in your community. 

IEMA offers citizens the ability to track chemical spills and incidents and maintains an inventory-type database to monitor businesses and organizations that have chemicals onsite. Chemical manufacturers and importers are required to evaluate the hazards of the chemicals they produce or import, and prepare labels and safety data sheets to help prevent problems and quickly reduce danger in the case of an emergency.

IEMA coordinates shared efforts with the Illinois Fire Service Institute (ISFI) to provide guidance and hazardous materials training to businesses and organizations, with updates every four years or less. Federal funds are used to provide hazardous materials training to all first responders in the State of Illinois, including public employees who may come across a hazardous material during their workday. 

Hazardous Materials Incident Preparation
Hazardous materials can include explosives, flammable and combustible substances, poisons and radioactive materials. Emergencies can happen during production, storage, transportation, use or disposal. Learn more about how to prepare for a hazardous materials incidents with ready.gov

Household Chemical Emergencies 
Do you know how to prepare for or respond to a household chemical emergency? From aerosol cans and pesticides, to antifreeze and paint thinners, be sure you are using items properly and know what to do in the case of a household chemical emergency.

Chemical Emergencies
Chemical agents are poisonous vapors, aerosols, liquids and solids that have toxic effects on people, animals or plants. Chemical agents can cause death but are difficult to deliver in deadly amounts because they dissipate quickly outdoors and are hard to produce. Learn how to prepare for and respond to a chemical emergency

Disposing of Household Chemical Waste
For household products that cannot go into the curbside recycling program or in landfills, there are several ways to dispose of these materials through programs organized by SWANCC, the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County.  Arlington Heights is a member community of this regional, intergovernmental agency. As a member, Arlington Heights residents are provided with  a variety of waste management services, programs, and resource materials that include collections for special materials that are not allowed as part of curbside recycling or should not go into the garbage due to toxicity or recoverability (reuse and recycling). 

SWANCC staff works with an electronics and paper shredding vender to schedule one-day events that are hosted by member communities.  Additionally, there are three semi-permanent locations for residents to drop-off electronics from April – October at Mount Prospect, Hoffman Estates and Winnetka, and a year-round drop-off at the Agency’s Glenview Transfer Station on Saturday mornings from 9 to 11:30 a.m.  Learn about the details regarding chemical and paint disposalelectronics recycling, and more at www.swancc.org