Expired materials pose major problems for businesses – even if they go unused. Chemicals in these products can become federal or California hazardous wastes. Once a material is expired or no longer in use, the clock starts ticking on proper disposal of it. This can cost companies thousands of dollars. Business end up with excess product for many reasons. They may receive free samples from vendors, purchase the wrong products or sometimes buy too many of the correct ones. Sometimes, it can be hard to determine how products even arrived at one’s place of business. Here are some helpful hints on alleviating this problem and mitigating injuries and financial losses:
- Eliminate multiple purchasers of goods. The fewer people you have buying products, the easier it is to keep track of materials.
- Buy only what you will use. Sometimes vendors will say, “We can save you money if you buy more!” You may save money per item, but when you can't use the product because it's expired you will definitely lose a lot more money disposing the waste.
- Samples of products are a good way to find out if there is something better for you to use, but be mindful of the amount of samples you take. Take an amount that you can use in full. Don't let vendors drop off samples to any employee. Instruct employees to have authorization from a purchaser.