Hazardous material

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Any material or chemical, which, in normal use or disposal, is deleterious to people, animals, other substances, or the environment. Hazardous materials are classified as toxic, corrosive, flammable, explosive, reactive, and/or radioactive. Disposal of any hazardous material is processed separately from other types of wastes because of the potential risks to people and the environment. Government regulations must be adhered to for all disposals.

Synonyms and Related Terms

hazardous substance; hazardous waste; toxic substance; Gefahrstoff (Deut.); produit dangereux (Fr.); materiais perigosos (Port.)

Resources and Citations

  • Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Dictionary of Building Preservation, Ward Bucher, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York City, 1996
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998