Hazardous Materials and Waste Management

Hazardous Materials Identification

The major components in identifying a chemical are the following:

  • Manufacturer Label
    • Name of the chemical; if the chemical consists of more than one product, the composition and the percentage of all of its products should be listed
    • Warning of the hazards associated with the chemical; the warnings are in a form of a symbol or a sign
    • Name and address of the manufacturer
  • NFPA Diamond Label
    • Helps identify the properties of the chemical
    • Blue indicates health hazard associated with a chemical
    • Red indicates flammability of a chemical
    • Orange indicates reactivity or the physical hazard of the chemical
    • White indicates what personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used when working with this chemical
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
    • Provides physical and chemical properties of the chemical
    • Health hazards associated with the chemical
    • Procedures to follow in an event of a spill
    • Disposal procedures

To ensure safety all of the chemicals used in the work area should be properly labeled to avoid injuries/accidents.

If you have questions regarding a chemical or if no information is available for a chemical please contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at 646-NYP-SAFE.

Environmental Health and Safety (All)

646-697-7233 (646-NYP-SAFE)

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