How to Fill Out an HMIS Label

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HMIS uses a four-part colored label system with numbers, letters and symbols to describe each hazardous product. The colors blue, red, orange and white representing hazards related to health, flammability, physical hazard and personal protection respectively are numbered 0 to 4, 0 being minimal hazard and 4 denoting severe hazard.

The Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS)

The printing should be clear and easy to read by anyone in the workplace.
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Print clearly and type the chemical name on the first line of the HMIS label.

Proper numbering is important in describing the hazardous product.
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Insert a number between 0 and 4 in the box for the blue (health) label. Place an asterik (*) in the second box on this label, if applicable.

Fire is a serious health hazard.
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Insert number 0 to 4 in red box for the flammability health hazard. 0 denotes that the material will not burn, 3 that the material is capable of ignition and 4 that the material may ignite if mixed with air.

Insert a number 0 and 4 in physical hazard label box, noting that material is stable and safe at 0, may react violently with water at 2 and is capable of exploding at 4.

Use your ABCs for labeling hazardous materials in the workplace.
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Insert number such as "A" for gloves "B" for goggles in box for the white "Personal Protection" label. Also insert picture of protective item.



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Marlene Inglis started writing in 1993. Her papers on creative writing and effective written communication were published in the school magazine "Portico" and her work also appeared in the "Belgian Nursery" magazine. Inglis holds a Bachelor of Science and Ontario Diploma in Horticulture from the University of Guelph.

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