Terminology is absolutely a regulatory concern.
I’ve learned to be very careful in using the term “Hazardous Waste” – particularly when something is not a RCRA regulated hazardous waste. For example, laboratory people have questioned my competence as a CHO when I mentioned that ethidium bromide is not a “hazardous waste”. Ok, it’s a hazardous waste, yet RCRA non-hazardous waste that should be managed as hazardous, but not necessarily as a RCRA hazardous waste.
Eric Clark, MS, CHMM, CCHO
Safety Officer, Public Health Scientist III
Los Angeles County Public Health Laboratory
Dear Colleagues –
I believe the term ‘Hazardous Chemical’ has RCRA ramifications as well, whereas ‘Hazardous Material’ does not.
May not be applicable to your situation, but the terminology is often a regulatory concern ;)
I have no idea why they do, but as a chemist when someone says “hazardous chemical”, I assume they mean a pure chemical. Hazardous material equally refers to pure chemicals and mixtures. Also, so many equate chemical with hazardous chemical, I personally like the use of material.
Out of curiosity, why in a chemistry department do you use “hazardous materials”???? Why not “hazardous chemicals”?
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What text(s) would you suggest for the following course? Any ideas would be appreciated.
CHEM 4310 Handling Hazardous Materials: “A study of the principles and methods of handling hazardous materials in the workplace. Coverage includes the nature and scope of hazards in the workplace and an overview of regulations of hazardous materials and worker safety, occupational diseases, fundamentals of industrial hygiene, basic concepts of toxicology, and an introduction to risk assessment. Prerequisite: Approval of department chairperson.”
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