What does blue represent in the NFPA labeling system?

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What does blue represent in the NFPA labeling system?

The blue section of the NFPA color code symbolizes health hazards. A health hazard rating is determined by the potential for a material to pose risks beyond those of ordinary combustible materials.

What do the colors on the NFPA diamond represent?

The four bars are color coded, using the modern color bar symbols with blue indicating the level of health hazard, red for flammability, orange for a physical hazard, and white for Personal Protection. The number ratings range from 0-4. The Health section conveys the health hazards of the material.

What is the blue in the hazmat diamond indicate?

The diamond is divided into four color-coded squares, each which conveys information about specific hazards present in the area. The top square is red and describes flammability hazards, the leftmost square is blue and describes health hazards, and the rightmost square is yellow and describes reactivity hazards.

What is the hazard diamond called?

NFPA 704, also known as a fire diamond, is a diamond-shaped sign or picture that tells people about the hazards of a chemical compound. It was designed in 1960 by the National Fire Protection Association, as a way of quickly telling firefighters and other emergency workers what kind of dangers might be nearby.

Where should NFPA diamonds and labels be?

Positioning NFPA Diamond Labels In general, it goes on the upper half of the truck so that it is the most visible, but that is not strictly required. When placing labels on containers, it is simply necessary to place them in such a way as to ensure they are easily visible.

What is the white section of the NFPA diamond?

Special Hazard information
The white diamond, appearing at the bottom of the label, conveys Special Hazard information. This information is conveyed by use of symbols that represent the special hazard.

How are fire hazard rankings determined?

Each color code (blue, red, and yellow) of the hazard rating system corresponds to a hazard: health, fire, and instability (denotation or chemical change). Within each colored section, a numerical rating is given to the hazard. The ratings range from 0 to 4. A rating of 4 is the highest.

How do you read hazard diamonds?

The number corresponds to the level of danger a chemical poses. The lower the number, the lower the hazard. The numbers range from zero to four, with zero representing no hazard at all, and four representing an extreme hazard. Each number also has a specific meaning based on which diamond it is in.

How many hazard classes are there?

nine
The DOT separates hazardous materials into nine different categories or “hazard classes.” They are defined by specific hazardous properties and have distinct regulatory requirements for packaging, markings, and labels.

What is the purpose NFPA?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a global self-funded nonprofit organization, established in 1896, devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards.

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