The Nature of Chemical Hazard

Abstract: 

The term hazard may be broadly defined as “anything that has a potential to cause damage to human health, property and environment”. Hazards in a research laboratory may be of various forms: mechanical, electrical, and chemical. Examples include: noise, rotating equipments, compressed gas cylinders, electricity, high temperature / high pressure equipments, chemicals that are toxic / flammable / corrosive / radioactive, etc Chemical hazards may be described under three broad headings – flammability, reactivity and health.

Keywords: chemical hazard, flammability, reactivity, health.

Jyoti Athiya

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