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Hazardous material handling or hazmat equipment is any piece of personal protective equipment (PPE) worn, or any type of gear used, as protection against hazardous materials, including chemical, radioactive, or biological agents, as well as fire or high temperatures. Hazardous material equipment is classified as Level A, B, C, or D (Types 1-6 in Europe), based upon the degree of protection provided.
Hazmat equipment includes the full-body suits, respirator masks, protective boots, gloves, hoods, eyewear, and other such garments. However, hazardous material handling can include a wide array of hazmat materials, therefore the types of equipment can range from biohazard waste containers or waste disposal bags to Geiger counters, ESD Supplies, even safety storage cabinets.
A common type of hazmat equipment is the secondary containment equipment used for hazardous spills, including spill control supplies and spill response kits, as well as storage drums or other hazardous storage equipment. Additional forms of equipment include the lab matting and medical mats used for contamination control, lab radiation protection supplies such as aprons, gloves, or shields, and even radioactive labels to warn of contamination. Other forms of protective gear are safety cones and flags, fluorescent arm bands and clothing, ear protection, hardhats, fire extinguishers, acid neutralizer, drum pallets and bogies, plus thousands of related products and accessories.