Hazardous Materials

Logistics Term

Hazardous Materials Definition

Hazardous materials are poisonous, radioactive, toxic, explosive, or flammable substances that can cause death or injury from exposure. In addition, these substances pose a risk to health, the environment, safety, and property during transport. 

Examples of hazardous materials include:

  • Fuel
  • Gas
  • Corrosives
  • Flammable Solids
  • Flammable Liquids
  • Infectious Substances
  • And More

Trucks, ships, barges, planes, and railcars all transport hazardous materials.

How to Handle Hazardous Materials

Proper protective clothing and equipment are necessary to avoid exposure or contamination when handling hazardous materials because the effects can be deadly. Suppose hazardous materials are exposed to the environment and people. Officials isolate the area and reduce exposure by denying entry. Trained professionals handle hazardous materials to ensure the public's safety and dispose of any materials properly.

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