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CLASSIFICATION OF HAZARDOUS CHEMICALS

CLASS 1: EXPLOSIVES

Examples: Trinitrotoluene (TNT), Research Department Explosives (RDX), Nitroglycerine


(NG), Fireworks, Gun Powder etc.
CLASS 2: GASES
Division 2.1 - Flammable gases

Examples: Hydrogen, Methane, Acetylene etc.


Division 2.2 - Non-flammable, non-toxic gases

Examples: Nitrogen, Compressed Air, Helium, Argon etc.

Division 2.3 - Toxic gases.

Examples: Carbon Monoxide, Chlorine, Phosgene, Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN) etc.


CLASS 3: FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS

Examples: Gasoline, Naphtha, Kerosene, Diesel, Ether, Alcohol, Carbon Disulfide etc.
CLASS 4: FLAMMABLE SOLIDS

Examples: Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Phosphorous Powder etc.

CLASS 5: OXIDIZING SUBSTANCES

Examples: Ammonium Nitrate, Hydrogen Peroxide, Fluorine, Cumene Peroxide etc.


CLASS 6: TOXIC SUBSTANCES

Examples: Chlorine, Ammonia, Phenol etc.


CLASS 7: RADIOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

Examples: Uranium, Thorium, Plutonium, X-rays etc.


CLASS 8: CORROSIVE SUBSTANCES

Examples:
Acids Hydrochloric Acid, Hydrofluoric Acid etc.
Bases Caustic Soda, Caustic Potash etc.
CLASS 9: MISCELLENOUS DANGEROUS GOODS

Examples: Dry Ice, Asbestos, Strong Magnets etc.

HAZARDOUS MATERIAL IDENTIFICATION SYSTEM (HMIS)

HMIS NOTATION FOR PPEs


Index Letter

PPE Required

Safety glasses

Safety glasses and gloves

Safety glasses, gloves, and an apron

Face shield, gloves, and an apron

Safety glasses, gloves, and a dust respirator

Safety glasses, gloves, apron and a dust respirator

Safety glasses, and a vapor respirator

Splash goggles, gloves, apron and a vapor respirator

Safety glasses, gloves, and a dust/vapor respirator

Splash goggles, gloves, apron and a dust/vapor respirator

Airline hood or mask, gloves, full suit, and boots

L-Z

Custom PPE, as specified

NATIONAL FIRE PROTECTION ASSSOCIATION (NFPA) CLASSIFICATION

MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEET (MSDS)

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a document that contains information on the
potential hazards (health, fire, reactivity and environmental) and how to work safely with
the chemical product.

1. Substance Identification

Manufacturers information
Name and Contact Information
Address
24 Hour emergency telephone number
Telephone number
Date prepared

2. Composition

Components including chemical identity and common names


Permissible explosive limit (PEL)
Threshold limit value (TLV)
Percent of chemical in the composition

3. Hazard

Physical and chemical characteristics


Boiling point

Vapour pressure
Vapour density
Solubility in water
Appearance and odour
Melting point
Evaporation rate

4. First Aid

Fire and explosion data


Flash point and method used
Flammable limits
Lower explosive limit and upper explosive limit (LEL/UEL)
Extinguishing media
Special firefighting procedure
Unusual fire and explosion hazards

5. Fire Fighting

Reactivity data
Stability and condition to avoid
Incompatibility (materials to avoid)
Hazardous decomposition or by-products
Hazardous polymerization and conditions to avoid

6. Accidental Release Measures

Health and hazard data


Routes of entry
Health hazards
Carcinogenicity
Signs and symptoms of exposure
Medical condition generally made worse by exposure
Emergency and first aid procedures

7. Handling and Storage

Precautions for safe handling and use


Steps to be taken in case of material is released or spilled
Waste disposal method
Precautions to be taken when handling or storing

8. Exposure and PPE

Control measures
Respiratory protection (specify type)
Ventilation
Protective gloves
Eye protection
Other protective clothing or equipment
Work/hygienic practice