Considering Recycling Hazards

Recycling is good for the environment and helps us build a more sustainable world. Recyclable materials range from scrap metal and plastic to used oil and chemicals. Arizona Recycles has over 50 years of experience in metal recycling. We know the ins and the outs of the industry. One of our primary focuses is safety. There are hazards involved in metal recycling, but if the proper safety precautions are followed, there is little to worry about.

Machinery and Moving Parts

The process of recycling scrap metal uses a number of powerful and potentially hazard machines. The United States Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration lists accidental amputation as one of the most severe and disabling workplace injuries. Approximately 8,500 non-fatal amputation injuries occur each year in the United States. A majority of these occur in the manufacturing sector. As long as proper safety precautions are followed, the risk can be minimized to the point where it is nearly negligible. Following these guidelines is an absolute priority for us here at Arizona Recycle.

Combustible Dust

While combustible dust is not a large safety concern for us, it is something that the recycling industry as a whole must be very cautious with. Combustible materials become more hazardous when they are finely divided, as is the case with dust. When such dust becomes suspended in the air, the danger becomes even more real. A spark or an open flame could cause an explosion. The range of materials that become a hazard when reduced to dust is surprising. Finely ground food particles from candy, starch, spice, or flour, are all combustible. Additionally, tobacco, plastics, rubber, pesticides, dyes, coal, and many metals become highly combustible when reduced to a fine dust. If we are every working with aluminum, chromium, iron, or magnesium, we must be very cautious.