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Hazardous Waste

Types, health hazards, and disposal of hazardous wastes.
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Bill Morse

on 18 January 2012

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Transcript of Hazardous Waste

Hazardous Waste
Four Categories
toxic
explosive
flammable
corrosive
radioactive
Factors that determine effects on humans:
Long-term exposure:
cancer
damage body organs;brain, liver, kidneys,lungs
Disposal
landfills(most common)
incineration
breakdown by living organisms
storing in deep rock layers
Solutions to hazardous waste
don't use them
develope alternatives
Not all hazardous waste is obvious looking!
Can be as harmless looking as these common household items:
Short-term exposure:
breathing difficulty
internal bleeding
paralysis
coma
sometimes death
of Hazardous Waste
toxic waste
explosive waste
flammable waste
corrosive waste
and...
radioactive waste
How harmful?
How much exposure?
How long exposed?
age, weight, and health
Damages the health of humans and other organisms.
Reacts very quickly when exposed to air or water or when dropped.
Catches fire easily and begins burning at fairly low temperatures.
Dissolves or breaks down many materials.
Contains unstable atoms that give off high-energy radiation.
How harmful the substance is
How much of the substance a person is exposed to
How long the exposure lasts
a person's age, weight, and health
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