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Hazardous Materials


Hazardous Materials

Some of these hazards can be easily identified by the markings on their containers. Any hazardous material is clearly marked with various forms of bright, attention grabbing markings and a picture that shows a warning picture such as skull and crossbones. If you are unsure about the symbol, a quick search for hazardous material labels will inform you on the substance in question. However, there can be times that the material you come across can be in a containerless form, such as a hazardous material leak in a stream. In these instances, a quick inspection may be able to inform you that there is something unnatural occurring. An off putting or chemical smell usually accompanies a hazardous material. Take caution when smelling any material and do not sniff directly, but waft the smell to your nose with your hand. Another indicator could be a discoloration, though this is not always the case. You may also be able to see an oily sheen on the surface of water if it is contaminated. If you believe you have come across hazardous material you should notify the EPA National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802. If there is a hazardous material spill in your area, it is likely that authorities will be aware and make a public announcement.

Report suspected hazardous materials: EPA National Response Center, 1-800-424-8802

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