Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)

Definition - What does Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) mean?

Hazardous material(s), abbreviated as HAZMAT, refers to any dangerous material(s) that cause harm or can pose a serious threat to the environment and everything inside it. These materials can be hazardous in many ways and can be in the form of liquid, solid or gas. Hazardous materials can be flammable, radioactive, corrosive, toxic, pathogen and allergen to name a few. The material isn’t limited to just these characters; instead any other set of features that make a material hazardous in any situation are referred to as hazardous materials.

Petropedia explains Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT)

In the oil and gas industry, hazardous materials are produced along with the major by-products. Hazardous materials are basically dangerous to the environment and humans in general and can potentially pose other greater risks. Also known as HAZMAT, i.e. hazardous material can be of different nature such as igneous, toxic, corrosive, and radioactive, allergen etc. Any material that is too dangerous to be exposed to the environment is deemed hazardous and must be treated properly before it is disposed.

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