Society for Chemical Hazard Communication

 Professional Development Training

Standardized Industrial Labeling Systems - NFPA 704 and NPCA HMIS (0.5-day)

PDF Brochure — Course Offering: April 11, 2005

Course Description:

Inaccurate hazard ratings have been cited by the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board as contributing to chemical accidents that result in loss of life, serious injuries and damage to property and the environment. Under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, containers of hazardous materials are required to have an appropriate hazard warning.  In many workplaces, particularly those with numerous chemicals which may change frequently, labeling systems with numerical and color coding to indicate the type and severity of hazard are used.  Customers often ask suppliers to provide these numerical hazard ratings for their products.  Two workplace labeling systems frequently used are the National Paint and Coatings Associations (NPCA) Hazardous Materials Identification System® (HMIS®) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 704 Standard for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response.  Some local fire codes also utilize NFPA 704.

This course will explain the rating criteria for the NFPA 704 Code and the HMIS®. The HMIS® III provides information about the specific physical hazards in the OSHA Standard, new icons and a revised label. The compatibility with other schemes (ANSI, OSHA, DOT, etc.) will be discussed.  Students will develop HMIS® and NFPA ratings using typical data.

Course Director / Instructor

Michele R. Sullivan, Ph.D.

Dr. Sullivan is a recognized expert in domestic and international hazard communication and author of MSDS and GHS texts. Her experience in the field of hazard communication is extensive. She testified as an expert witness at Senator Enzi’s Subcommittee hearing on “Hazard Communication in the Workplace”. Dr. Sullivan participated in the ANSI Z 400.1 MSDS and Z 129.1 Labeling Standards development and training. She prepared domestic and international MSDSs/labels and participated in label comprehension studies for several multinational corporations.

She participated on the NACOSH Hazard Communication Work Group that advised OSHA about concerns with 29 CFR 1910.1200, the Hazard Communication Standard. In the transportation area her experience includes: participation at the United Nations Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (UNCETDG); a rapporteur for the Ottawa meeting on the Harmonization of Physical Hazards and doing transportation classifications, labeling and placarding for chemical products.

Her professional activities are related to the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC): recipient of the SCHC Distinguished Lecturer Award for outstanding contributions to the field of hazard communication; Chair, President and Vice-President of SCHC and an

SCHC board member; professional development trainer in domestic and international hazard communication and HAZCOM 101 director.

Dr. Sullivan was an industry member of the USA delegation to the Earth Summit preconferences, the IOMC Coordinating Group on the Harmonization of Chemical Classification Systems, the OECD Task Force on the Harmonization of Classification and Labeling and the ILO Working Group for the Harmonization of Chemical Hazard Communication.

Dr. Sullivan received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Virginia and her BA in chemistry from Newton College of the Sacred Heart.


Course Fee

$250.00 - Members
$335.00 - Nonmembers

Course Schedule

(subject to change)

Monday, April 11, 2005

8:00-8:30 Registration / Continental Breakfast


(includes a
15 min. break)

NFPA 704 Code

  • Flammability
  • Instability
  • Health
  • Special Hazards
Developing Ratings


  • Physical Hazards
  • Flammability
  • Health

Personal Protection Equipment
Icons/New Label
Developing Ratings
System Compatibility

12:00 Conclusion


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