Hazardous Waste Consignment Notes: A Brief Guide28th July 2016
To transport any load of hazardous materials like asbestos, you must provide a completed consignment note to accompany the load.
Here at Asbestos Waste Solutions we understand how complicated paperwork can get, especially when it involves hazardous materials like asbestos. There are a lot of things to keep in mind, and you will need to involve multiple people at different stages of the process. It can be overwhelming.
That’s why we thought it would be helpful to explain a few important things about hazardous waste consignment notes: what they are, why and when they need to be used and how to fill the form in correctly, to ensure that any hazardous waste disposal you’re involved in stands up to all legal requirements.
What are hazardous waste consignment notes?
Consignment notes are a legal obligation. They are comprehensive forms detailing every aspect of the transport process creating a traceable record of dates, addresses and times when waste leaves and enters a site. Information regarding the waste itself, the specific risks it poses and the names and contact information of people involved at every stage of the process must be included.
Those involved in the process – transporting, storing and disposing of the waste – must fill in the part of the consignment form relevant to their responsibilities.
When are consignment notes needed?
Whenever hazardous waste is moved it must be accompanied by a completed consignment note. The note must be prepared and filled in by the responsible party before the waste is moved.
A note is required for all movements of hazardous waste and should accompany the waste until it reaches its final destination. These movements include:
- Collection of waste by registered waste carriers
- Movements of waste between premises within the same business
- Movements of waste produced by another business on customer premises
Consignment notes should accompany waste even if the party who produced the waste is moving it themselves.
Layout of a consignment note
A consignment note is made of of five parts, A-E, and each part of the form requires different people to fill them in. Each part will match up to the responsibilities of each person involved in the waste management process.
It is important that each part of the form is filled in correctly and by the correct person. Again, this should be done before the waste is moved from the relevant site.
Completing the consignment note
The consignment note is completed in stages, by the right person and at the right time. Here we will go through each part of the note, explaining who must fill out each and when in the process this happens.
- Parts A and B: Part A details the waste origin and destination, with full contact information of the holder provided. Part B deals with description of the waste itself. Both parts must be completed by the producer or holder of the waste before the waste is removed from the site. The note is then passed on to the carrier.
- Part C: The carrier will check that parts A and B are sufficiently completed before filling out part C. Part C is where the carrier enters their own information, including the specific details of the vehicle being used to transport the waste.
- Part D: This part is completed by the consignor, the person who has caused the waste to be moved from the site (usually the producer or the holder). The consignor must be present when the carrier comes to collect the waste and will check that all parts of the form so far (A, B and C) have been completed correctly.
- Part E: The consignee, the party receiving the hazardous waste, must fill in part E. The consignee will check both the waste and the note and then decide whether they accept or reject the waste. They will then complete part E to confirm that they have checked the delivery properly, to show if the waste has been accepted or rejected, and to enter their own information.
It is an offence to accept hazardous waste without a consignment note, or with an incorrect or incomplete consignment note. If you have been following the steps we’ve described, the consignment note should be properly completed by the correct people and in the correct order.
Consignment notes from your contractor
Your contractor can provide you with a consignment note when you employ their services. Asbestos Waste Solutions are dedicated to working within all current regulations and will provide you with the relevant documents during the waste management process, so you don’t have to worry about making sure the document is correct or up to date.
Your waste disposal should be safely performed within all legal regulations and that’s exactly what Asbestos Waste Solutions provides. All asbestos and hazardous waste is handled correctly, from source to destination, collected, documented, transported and disposed of by our team of experienced professionals. To discuss our asbestos disposal services, don’t hesitate to get in touch today.This entry was posted in AWS News. Bookmark the permalink.