This may seem like a question with an easy answer, but the hazards associated with some materials are not immediately noticeable. This is why there are regulations in place to protect the public from unseen hazards that can adversely affect health years down the road after exposure.
Existing Threat to Humans and Animals
Many materials that are deemed hazardous are with obvious results when humans and animals come in contact. Acids can burn, and other substances can irritate eyes, lungs, and any exposed areas of skin. There are other materials that are harmful to you over time, such as lead and asbestos. Their truly bad effects may not be realized for up to 20 years, or more. This is why Southern California places importance on the safe cleanup and removal of hazardous materials.
Threat to the Environment
Most of these materials harmful to living creatures are also harmful to the environment. They have the ability to ruin the composition of soil and destroy plant life. It can harm useful insects, such as butterflies and honey bees. Even slight spills can upset the balance of nature within the areas local to Orange County.
Dangers of Recontamination
If hazardous material spills are not cleaned up properly, and the residue is left, there is a large possibility of recontamination on any new materials added. Anyone coming into contact with the remaining hazardous material is at risk of harm from these chemicals.
Special Removal and Disposal Methods
All Southern California Counties, which includes, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego and others have regulations for the cleanup, removal, and disposal of all hazardous materials. These are established for the safety of employees, consumers, nearby residents, clean up personnel, and all involved with the handling and transport of the materials. It is important to hire a professional service that is highly skilled and trained in this field.
Considering All Elements
Proper cleaning, removal, and disposal of hazardous materials may involve the removal of items that have come into contact with the material. There may be a time that the soil needs to be tested to ensure it is safe for all orange and surrounding County residents to be near. If not, the portion of the soil that is contaminated will have to be removed and disposed of in accordance with regulation.