Hazardous Waste Labels

This 3 minute safety training video covers: Guidelines to follow when disposing a hazardous substance, how to use hazardous waste labels, guidelines when transporting a waste, proper handling of hazardous waste and importance of labeling hazardous waste. 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:

  • hazardous waste labels
  • where hazardous material labels are used
  • OSHA labelling requirements
  • most common labelling systems
  • DOT Hazard Class labels and placards
  • the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS)
  • target organ information labels
  • the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Labelling System
  • … and more.
  • Click here to watch a FREE full-length 21 minute preview.

Video Transcript

When a hazardous substance is to be disposed of, it needs to be marked with a special label that identifies it as waste. The jurisdiction in which the waste is regulated determines if it must be marked by a federal or a state hazardous waste label. Another thing that must be considered is the type of waste being disposed of. But knowing which Hazardous Waste Label to use on a container is only half the battle, and the last half at that. The label must include both general and specific information. If you see a label that you don’t recognize, see your supervisor.