Hazardous Material

Hazardous materials are materials which, because of their chemical, physical, or biological nature pose a potential risk to life, health, or property when released. A release may occur by spilling, leaking, emitting toxic vapors or any other process that enables the material to escape its container, enter the environment and create a potential hazard. The hazard can be explosive, flammable, combustible, corrosive, reactive, poisonous, toxic, biological agent and radioactive.

Safety  Regulations
While the United States has a body of law governing the safe handling, transport and disposal of hazardous materials, accidents can and do occur throughout the country on a regular basis.