Are you exposed to "hazardous materials?" Do you know what to do, or more importantly, what not to do, if you come in contact with a spill or unplanned release of a hazmat?
Numerous federal and state agencies define hazardous materials differently, based on their missions and objectives. For example, the United States Department of Transportation defines a "hazmat" based on its being transported in commerce. OSHA defines it as a "hazardous chemical" or "hazardous substance" as it relates to employee safety in the workplace. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines it as a "hazardous substance" related to its adverse effect on the environment. Each state may have its own definition of a hazardous material, such as Virginia, which defines it in a much broader scope than each of the agencies above.