National Fire Prevention Association Labeling System

This 2 minute safety training video covers: The National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) labeling system, how to use an NFPA label, understanding NFPA label and how labeling system can 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 National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) Labelling System
  • 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
  • hazardous waste labels
  • … and more.
  • Click here to watch a FREE full-length 21 minute preview.

Video Transcript

To help emergency personnel, the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) has created its own labeling system. NFPA labels use a diamond shape that is divided into four sections. In the Red, Yellow and Blue sections the numerals "0"to "4" indicate the severity of the hazards, as well as specific information about the hazards themselves. While the NFPA system may seem a little complicated, it is actually an easy to learn and effective way to quickly recognize potential chemical hazards.