National Fire Protection Association 704 Labels
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What is NFPA 704?
The NFPA 704: Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response is a national standard labeling system, maintained by the U.S.-based National Fire Protection Association. It is a supplemental labeling system used primarily by emergency response personnel to quickly and easily identify the risks posed by hazardous materials. The NFPA 704 label contains information in a compact and easy-to-understand format, which is essential in emergency situations.
The most recognizable part of the label is the diamond shape, which is further broken up into four smaller diamonds. Each of the diamonds is color-coded and represents a different type of hazard. Within the diamond is a number (with the exception of the white diamond). The number corresponds to the level of danger a chemical poses. The lower the number, the lower the hazard. The numbers range from zero to four, with zero representing no hazard at all, and four representing an extreme hazard. Each number also has a specific meaning based on which diamond it is in.
When am I required to use a NFPA 704 Label?
NFPA 704 does not specify when a container, tank or facility must label with the 704 diamond. It tells you HOW to label when another code, standard or an AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction, such as the local fire department) requires such labeling.
MORE INFORMATION FOR BUSINESSES
Visit the link below to the NFPA website’s FAQ section for more information to assist your business with NFPA 704 compliance.
Industries that require this label:
Any businesses operating in the United States will require NFPA 704 labels when another Federal, state or local regulation or code requires their use.