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HazMat-1What is meant by "hazardous material?" Simply put, hazardous materials are many of the chemicals used in agriculture, industry, manufacturing, and sometimes even in the home. They are necessary to help produce the food we eat, clothing we wear and many of the items in our home. They help to make us one of the technologically advanced nations in the world. But sometimes these hazardous materials get out of their containers, and have the potential to harm people and the environment.

About 250 million tons of chemicals are shipped throughout the United States each year via highway, railroad and waterway. Since 1984, 62,000 accidents involving the shipment of chemicals have been reported--an average of nearly 8000 accidents per year.HazMat-2

Summit County enjoys a diverse cross-section of industry: polymer, metal chemical, agriculture, and manufacturing. Each of these industries utilizes its own special chemicals as raw materials, which are essential to the production process. All facets of industry carry the potential for concern of a hazardous materials incident. Standing ready to meet this concern is your Summit County Hazardous Materials Response Team (SCHMRT).



 
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