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Hazardous Materials

Hazardous materials, often referred to as HAZMAT, encompass a range of substances including chemicals, gases, explosives, batteries, magnets, and fertilizers, which can be in solid, liquid, or gaseous form. These materials are stringently categorized into nine classes as they pose a potential risk to human health, property, or the environment due to their chemical or physical properties.

The classification is useful for communicating the hazards through the transportation chain and ensuring that proper handling and shipping procedures are followed.

The classifications include:

Class 1: Explosives

Class 2: Gases

Class 3: Flammable liquids

Class 4: Flammable solids

Substances liable to spontaneous combustion

Substances emitting flammable gases with water contact

Class 5: Oxidizers/organic peroxides

Class 6: Toxic and infectious substances

Class 7: Radioactive material

Class 8: Corrosives

Class 9: Miscellaneous hazardous materials

Miscellaneous hazardous substances like lithium batteries

Generally, the suppliers play a crucial role in identifying whether a product falls under HAZMAT, the relevant proper shipping procedures, and should provide complete and accurate documentation for these materials.

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