In the late 1970’s and early ‘80’s, following a spate of unusually severe incidents involving chemicals in transportation, “hazardous materials” (soon shortened to “HazMat”) became the hot button topic de jure. The result was the promulgation of numerous governmental regulations such as the Hazardous Waste Operations and Response Act or “Hazwoper” (CFR 1910-120), The Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Toxic Substances Control Act (TASCA), among others. Each of these was promulgated by a different agency for different reasons and with the intent of achieving different objectives. As a result each agency defines “Hazardous Materials” differently. For example, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) defines a hazardous material as being any substance or chemical which is a “health hazard” or “physical hazard,” including: chemicals which are carcinogens, toxic agents, irritants, corrosives, sensitizers; agents which act on the hematopoietic system; agents which damage the lungs, skin, eyes, or mucous...
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