HAZMAT Labeling

This 3 minute safety training video covers: What is hazmat labeling, how to work with chemicals safely, what labels can tell us, importance of labeling chemicals, where hazardous material labels are used, what are the OSHA labeling requirements and what are the most common labeling systems. Click here to watch the 21 minute full length version.

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:

  • 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
  • hazardous waste labels
  • … and more.
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Video Transcript

HAZWOPER covers all kinds of hazardous materials but knowing how to handle these substances won't help you... if you can't tell what you’re working with! Throughout the day we encounter a variety of chemicals. But to work with them safely we need to be able to identify them. That’s where labels come in. To insure that we have this critical information, OSHA‘s Hazard Communication Standard mandates that chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors label containers of hazardous substances. Because OSHA’s labelling requirements are so flexible, you will see several different types of labels being used to identify hazardous chemicals.