- a material or substance that poses a danger to life, property, or the environment if improperly stored, shipped, or handled: regulations for transporting radioactive materials and other HAZMAT.
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Examples from the Web for hazmat
They informed her that a hazmat company would be coming through shortly to disinfect the area, both inside the building and out.
Then Ebola took center stage once more: “Has anybody seen anyone go near that hazmat bin?”
They can only be grateful to be equipped and trained with full body hazmat suits complete with hooded face masks.Ebola Nurses Are As Brave As Soldiers
October 17, 2014
Uninvited strangers in hazmat suits could alarm even the stablest of communities.The Fear That Killed Eight Ebola Workers
September 20, 2014
It requires those weird light bulbs that have to be changed wearing a hazmat suit.The Federal Government Has Violated My Right to Chainsaw
P. J. O’Rourke
April 27, 2014
- substances that pose a danɡer to public health
- (as modifier)a hazmat suit
C20: haz (ardous) + mat (erials)
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Word Origin and History for hazmat
also HAZMAT, 1977, condensed from hazardous material(s).
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