Ethical, legal and social issues

CHEMISTRY  SSS3  Second Term


Ethical, legal, and social issues

Performance objectives

Students should be able to:

  1. Explain what chemical waste is and its adverse effect on the environment.
  2. State the roles of government in preventing chemical degradation


Chemical Wastes – What are Chemical wastes

Chemical wastes are wastes that are produced from the chemical processes in chemical industries. Most chemical wastes are harmful to live organisms and constitute pollution to the environment. Harmful chemical waste can be in a solid, liquid, or gaseous state.

Harmful chemical wastes show characteristics such as ignitability, toxicity, corrosivity, reactivity. Chemical wastes could be a radioactive waste, sewage from the soap and detergent industries, batteries, non-returnable gas cylinders, polychlorinated carbon, slag from iron and steel industries, wastes from paints industries, etc.

When chemical wastes contaminate an environment, remediating such an environment is very.... View More

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