Hazardous Material Information System ( Hmis )

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This numerical hazard rating system was developed by the American Coatings Association as a compliance aid for the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard. It incorporates the use of labels with color-coded bars as well as PPE symbols.
The HMIS standard is currently on version III meaning that the HMIS Color Bar is like the NFPA 704 fire diamond, created by the NFPA. However, with HMIS III, the yellow color bar (which stood for reactivity) was replaced by orange, standing for physical hazard. This was to differentiate HMIS from the NFPA fire diamond which was designed for emergency responders whereas HMIS conveys information about the effects of short or acute exposure.
The four bars
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Markings, placards, and labels must be maintained in a manner that ensures that they are readily visible.
Example of DOT Labels:

The Hazard Communication Program Manger determines the appropriate emergency procedures based on the SDS, Hazardous Materials Business Plan (HMBP), Emergency Action Plan (EAP) and other documents identifying steps to take in emergencies. This section describes general emergency response procedures that are related to chemicals used in the workplace.
7.4.1 First Aid
Each SDS includes first aid information specific to the product and is to be reviewed to determine response procedures. The supervisor shall inspect, or direct the inspection of all first aid kits, eye wash stations and other first aid equipment on a regular basis or as required by the manufacturer to ensure its readiness in an emergency. General first aid responses for overexposure to hazardous chemicals in the workplace include:
a) Eye Contact: Flush with large amounts of water for at least 15 minutes. Occasionally lift both upper and lower

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