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Dangerous Chemical Safety

2/8/2019 (Permalink)

We come into contact with chemicals every day. We put products in our hair and use detergent to clean our clothes. We put gasoline in our cars and use vinegar to add flavor to otherwise dull vegetables. Because of our constant use of chemicals, it’s important to know how to identify and differentiate between the ones that are harmless and the ones that could kill you. While the less dangerous chemicals will usually just have directions that warn that it may be flammable and to keep it out of your eyes and mouth, there are symbols to identify exact reactions and side effects of the highly dangerous ones. The following is a list of those symbols and their meanings.

Health Hazard

  • This symbol is identified by the silhouette of a human which looks like it is dissolving from the inside out and represents hazards like:
    • Carcinogen
    • Mutagenicity
    • Reproductive Toxicity
    • Respiratory Sensitizer
    • Target Organ Toxicity
    • Aspiration Toxicity

Flame

  • The flame on this symbol represents hazards like:
    • Flammables
    • Pyrophorics
    • Self-Heating
    • Emits Flammable Gas
    • Self-Reactives
    • Organic Peroxides

Exclamation Mark

  • This punctuation warning represents hazards like:
    • Irritant (skin and eye)
    • Skin Sensitizer
    • Acute Toxicity (harmful)
    • Narcotic Effects
    • Respiratory Tract Irritant
    • Hazardous to Ozone Layer (Non-Mandatory

Gas Cylinder

  • This symbol looks almost like the silhouette a popsicle and represents hazards like:
    • Gases Under Pressure

Corrosion

  • This symbol depicts acid coming into contact with skin or other solid objects represents hazards like:
    • Skin Corrosion/Burns
    • Eye Damage
    • Corrosive to Metals

Exploding Bomb

  • This explosive symbol represents hazards like:
    • Explosives
    • Self-Reactives
    • Organic Peroxides

Flame Over Circle

  • The circle on fire represents hazards like:
    • Oxidizers

Environment

  • While not a mandatory symbol, the damaged nature represents hazards like:
    • Aquatic Toxicity

Skull and Crossbones

  • Possibly the most deterring symbol of the bunch, the skull and crossbones represent hazards like:
    • Acute Toxicity (fatal or toxic)

When you know what each hazard symbol means, you have the ability to protect yourself and your loved ones from making a mistake that could leave them blind, with scars, or worse. Take the time to learn the symbols, memorize them, and teach them to your kids. It could save a life.

Information retrieved from https://www.osha.gov/Publications/HazComm_QuickCard_Pictogram.html

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