Hazardous Waste

A hazard, in a technical sense, is the source of a potential harm. By contrast, a risk is the combination of the frequency of the hazard and the consequences of its occurrence. Hazardous wastes are broadly defined as those waste products that have a negative impact on human health and the environment when they are discharged into air, water, soil, and tissues. This entry examines the regulation, risks, and control of hazardous waste; implications for business; and related ethical concerns.

The Regulation of Hazardous Waste

Internationally, the major document to regulate the management of hazardous wastes is the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal of 1989. The Basel Convention classifies hazardous waste into several categories, such as clinical and ...

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