Definitions for "Hazardous chemical"
Keywords:  osha, dermatitis, explosion, epa, acute
Chemical that can cause harm because it (1) is flammable or explosive, (2) can irritate or damage the skin or lungs (such as strong acidic or alkaline substances), or (3) can cause allergic reactions of the immune system (allergens). See also toxic chemical.
According to OSHA, a hazardous chemical is a chemical for which there is statistically significant evidence based on at least one study conducted in accordance with established scientific principles that acute or chronic health effects may occur in exposed employees.
EPA's designation for any hazardous material that requires a Material Safety Data Sheet. Such substances are capable of producing adverse physical effects (fire, explosion, etc.) or adverse health effects (cancer, dermatitis, etc.)