Hazardous Materials Identification System Explained

Instructions: Learn about the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) labeling system.

Hazardous Materials Indentification System

The HMIS is a numerical hazard rating labeling system and was developed by the American Coatings Association as a compliance aid for the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. HMIS labels are not for emergencies response. They are used to convey broader health warning information to employees handling the material. Each HMIS label features a color bar and hazard index.

Color Bar

Blue/HealthThe Health section conveys the health hazards of the material.
Red/FlammabilityThe Flammability section conveys the fire hazards of the material.
Orange/Physical HazardThe Physical Hazard section conveys the fire physical hazards of the material.
White/Personal ProtectionThe Personal Protection section conveys the personal protection equipment that should be used when working with the material.

Hazard Index

4Severe Hazard
3Serious Hazard
2Moderate Hazard
1Slight Hazard
0Minimal Hazard
*An asterisk (*) or other designation corresponds to additional information on a safety data sheet or separate chronic effects notification

Personal Protection Index

Asafety glasses
safety glasses
Bsafety glasses and gloves
safety glassesgloves
Csafety glasses, gloves and apron
safety glassesglovesapron
Dface shield, gloves and apron
face shieldglovesapron
Esafety glasses, gloves and dust respirator
safety glassesglovesdust respirator
Fsafety glasses, gloves, apron and dust respirator
safety glassesglovesaprondust respirator
Gsafety glasses, gloves and vapor respirator
safety glassesglovesvapor respirator
Hsplash goggles, gloves, apron and vapor respirator
splash gogglesglovesapronvapor respirator
Isafety glasses, gloves and combination respirator
safety glassesglovescombination respirator
Jsplash goggles, gloves, apron and combination respirator
splash gogglesglovesaproncombination respirator
Kairline hood mask, gloves, full body suit and boots
airline hood maskglovesfull body suitboots
Xask supervisor
Consult your supervisor or standard operating procedures for "SPECIAL" handling directions.
Nsplash goggles
splash goggles
Oface shield
face shield
Pgloves
gloves
Qboots
boots
Rapron
apron
Sfull body suit
full body suit
Tdust respirator
dust respirator
Uvapor respirator
vapor respirator
Wcombination respirator
combination respirator
Yfull face respirator
full face respirator
Zairline hood mask
airline hood mask
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