Hazardous Materials Identification System

This 3 minute safety training video covers:What is the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS), how to use an HMIS label, HMIS labeling system, HMIS labels color-coded categories and levels, PPE to worn when handling chemical substances,target organ information labels and how these labels can help to prevent workers from having accidents. Click here to watch the 21 minute full length version.

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Atlantic Training's "HAZMAT Labeling" HAZWOPER Video Program assists facilities in complying with the employee training requirements of OSHA's HAZWOPER regulation (29 CFR 1910.120), and instructs employees who deal with hazardous materials that they can reduce the risk of accidental exposure by using the correct labels and placards on each chemical container. Hazardous materials and waste are part of many work situations, and can be found on many types of job sites. OSHA feels that it is so important for employees to know how to recognize these potentially dangerous substances (as well as how to handle and dispose of them properly) they have mandated that anyone working with these materials receive comprehensive training in this area.


In 1976, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to regulate the handling of hazardous waste "from cradle to grave". Since then other regulations have followed, including OSHA's 29 CFR 1910.120, also known as HAZWOPER. As part of these regulations, there are varying requirements for employee training, depending on an employee's specific level of involvement with hazardous materials.

Areas covered in the program include:

  • the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS)
  • where hazardous material labels are used
  • OSHA labelling requirements
  • most common labelling systems
  • DOT Hazard Class labels and placards
  • target organ information labels
  • the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Labelling System
  • hazardous waste labels
  • … and more.
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Video Transcript

While DOT labels and placards provide a good way to identify hazardous materials, "Hazard Communication" labels often go one step further, showing people how to protect themselves when they are handling the materials. There are several of these labeling systems. One of the most popular is the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS). HMIS labels group hazards into three color-coded categories. These three categories are then broken down into different levels of "severity," ranging from Level Zero to Level Four. "Target Organ Information" labels are often used to supplement HMIS-type labels in many workplaces. Target Organ Information and HMIS labels can help prevent workers from having accidents.