Hazardous Materials Exposure

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines a hazardous material as any substance or material in a quantity or form that poses an unreasonable risk to health, safety, and environment when transported. These materials are extremely hazardous to the community during an emergency spill, or release, as a result of their physical or chemical properties.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have classified emergency response and hospital personnel as high risk groups for exposure to infectious and toxic substances. Additionally, with the potential for attacks with weapons of mass destruction, pre-hospital and hospital healthcare workers have an increased risk of exposure to toxic, biological, and/or radioactive agents.

The AARC’s Position

Effective 5/7/02
Revised 12/08, 11/2011