Warehouse Safety Tips | Episode 35 | The 4 Hazardous Materials Colors

Aug 17, 10:07 AM
The 4 Hazardous Materials Colors

On today's Podcast, we'll be covering the 4 Hazardous Materials Colors - so stay tuned.

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One of the signs you'll see displayed around your facility - as well as one you'll be given training on - is the HMIS Color Bar.  This sign will show you the 4 Levels of Hazards you need to be aware of.

The HMIS Color Bar consists of 4 Colors.  Each Color Bar has a Numeric Hazard Level associated with it.  These levels range from 0(Zero) or no risk - up to 4, which signifies the highest risk.

As you know - we keep these Podcasts short and to the point - so know this is a VERY high-level look at the HMIS Color Bar.

The colors on this sign are as follows.

Blue is for Health Hazards.  In addition to the Numeric Hazard Level - this level also has a space for an Asterisk.  If you see this Asterisk - it means there's also a Chronic Health Hazard, when long-term exposure is present.

Red is for Flammability Hazards.  With this and the other levels - each of the 5 Numeric Hazard Levels can mean different things.  Be sure to get with your Safety Coordinator to know what each of these Numeric Hazard Levels means for each color of the sign.

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Now back to the Podcast...

Yellow/Orange is for Reactivity/Physical Hazards.  Simply stated - this level would be things that change when being combined and/or introduced to certain conditions.  Again, with this and the other levels - each of the 5 Numeric Hazard Levels can mean different things.  Be sure to get with your Safety Coordinator to know what each of these Numeric Hazard Levels means for each color of the sign. 

White is for Personal Protection (Also known as PPE).  This color doesn't have a Numeric Hazard Level - but instead uses an Alpha Hazard Level.  These levels usually range from A to K - and have a "Catch ALL" level of X (Where you ask a supervisor or safety specialist for handling instructions).

Be sure to familiarize yourself with this - and ALL Safety Signs.  And most importantly - put what you learn about them into action.

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