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Hazardous Material Definition

Hazardous Material:

In regulatory terms, a RCRA hazardous waste is a waste that appears on one of the four hazardous wastes lists (F-list, K-list, P-list, or U-list), or exhibits at least one of four characteristics—ignitability, corrosivity, reactivity, or toxicity. Hazardous waste is regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) Subtitle C. For more information on the RCRA statute and links to the regulations, visit RCRA Laws and Regulations (Subpart C and Subpart D).

See these links for hazardous waste criteria and listings:

Subpart C--Characteristics of Hazardous Waste
Subpart D--Lists of Hazardous Wastes

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    Hazardous Material also includes:

    DIVISION 6.2 (INFECTIOUS SUBSTANCE): A material known or reasonably expected to contain a pathogen. A pathogen is a micro-organism (including bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, parasites, fungi) or other agent, such as a proteinaceous infectious particle (prion), that can cause disease in humans or animals.