Hazmat Section is responsible for working all hazardous materials incidents
within the parish.
Chemicals are found everywhere. They purify drinking water, increase crop
production, and simplify household chores. But chemicals also can be hazardous
to humans or the environment if used or released improperly. Hazards can occur
during production, storage, transportation, use, or disposal. You and your
community are at risk if a chemical is used unsafely or released in harmful
amounts into the environment where you live, work, or play. Hazardous materials
in various forms can cause death, serious injury, long-lasting health effects,
and damage to buildings, homes, and property. Many products containing hazardous
chemicals are used and stored in homes routinely. These products are also
shipped daily on the nation's highways, railroads, waterways, and pipelines.
Chemical manufacturers are one source of hazardous materials, but there are many
others, including service stations, hospitals, and hazardous materials waste
sites. Varying quantities of hazardous materials are manufactured, used, or
stored at an estimated 4.5 million facilities in the United States--from major
industrial plants to local dry cleaning establishments or gardening supply
stores. Hazardous materials come in the form of explosives, flammable and
combustible substances, poisons, and radioactive materials. These substances are
most often released as a result of transportation accidents or because of
chemical accidents in plants.