Hazardous Corrosive Materials will damage any other substance once they come into contact – dissolving the structure of the other substance. A corrosive may damage metals, inorganic materials, and organic materials – or all three. The type of damage used to legally define corrosion is the effect on living tissue – many corrosives will destroy living human skin. The test for hazardous corrosive materials used by the United States Department of Transportation is the effect of the material on the skin of albino rabbits. If damage occurs to the skin, the substance is considered a corrosive.
The three common types of hazardous corrosive materials are acids, oxidizers, and bases.
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