Biological hazard is the term used when speaking to certain biological chemicals that may potentially pose a very real and significant threat to the wellbeing of many living organisms, even though the term biohazard' is most commonly used when describing substances which are especially harmful to humans.

These hazardous materials can be anything ranging from medical waste, which may potentially have a detrimental effect on animal health in addition to individual well-being, microorganisms from a biological supply in addition to viruses and toxins.

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Such Biohazard substances are categorized into one of those four Biosafety Levels (BSL's), laid down by the United States' Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.

In compliance with the criteria of the method of grading, Grade 1 is assigned to those biologically hazardous materials which pose only minimal risk, most commonly used when grading germs and viruses like chicken pox and canine hepatitis.

Normally, there are fewer precautions taken from substances using a biohazard level 1, with the most frequent way of protection being gloves and face masks.

However, biologically hazardous materials given a grading of 4 are assigned to those that pose the most damaging risk such as those viruses and bacteria.

As would be expected, those materials given a hazardous evaluation of level 4 require much more substantial precautions, like the use of airlocks as well as using a Hazmat suit with a self-contained oxygen source.

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