A chemical becomes hazardous when on any level, if improperly exposed to or improperly disposed of can cause, sickness, health problems, serious injury, death, damage to buildings and local structures. Hazardous materials can erode physical structures along with organisms in order to be so defined.
Typically, hazardous materials are classified under nine separate categories. These categories are:
Explosives (I guess that’s an obvious one) Gases Flammable Liquids Flammable Solids Oxidizing Agents and Organic Peroxides Toxic and Infectious Substances Radioactive Substances Corrosive Substances Miscellaneous
The Institute of Hazardous Materials Management defines a hazardous material as “any item or agent (biological, chemical, physical) which has the potential to cause harm to humans, animals, or the environment, either by itself or through interaction with other factors.” (http://www.ihmm.org/dspwhatishazmat.cfm)
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