Making Sure Your Portable Restrooms Meet EPA SWPPP Guidelines
If you’ve worked on a construction site in the past, you know that there are tons of regulations with several government agencies. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is one of them, and their job is to obviously protect the environment from pollutants and contaminants used on job sites. Although there are several different guidelines that need to be followed, today we’re going to talk about the Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (SWPPP) requirements, and how they pertain to portable restrooms or “porta potties”. A SWPP Plan is required for all job sites one acre or larger, and sites that require a permit to be pulled.
The EPA SWPPP Guide States “Construction projects generate large amounts of waste, which can end up polluting storm water runoff if not properly managed. Good housekeeping practices that are designed to prevent contamination of storm water from a wide range of materials and wastes at your site. “It also states that sites must have a secondary containment.”
Containment pans are plastic pans that are placed under the portable restroom to catch any runoff that may occur when servicing the portable restroom. These pans are then pumped out by your service technician every time they service the restrooms. Containment pans make it easy and worry free to meet the SWPPP requirements, and you won’t have to worry about creating makeshift containment mechanisms on site.
Containment pans are the fastest and simplest way to meeting your SWPPP requirements for secondary containment, and prevent the need for cleanup in the future. Remember, it is your responsibility to take care of secondary containment so asking for containment pans with your portable restrooms and including the pans in your SWPPP plan prevents you from having to take any additional precautions to prevent storm water runoff from your job site.