NFPA Journal - May/June 2013 - (Page 70)

— . CODES IN REVIEW . — NFPA 72 Working Together Can the hazard labeling guidelines in NFPA 704 exist side by side with the new “globally harmonized” provisions adopted by OSHA? By GUY R. COLONNA, P.E. RElAtED CONfERENCE SESSIONS HazCom 2012 Changes— What and When Monday, June 10, 8–9 a.m. Diamonds Are Forever! NFPA 704 in a Globally Harmonized World Tuesday, June 11, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. ONlINE VIDEO Guy Colonna on how NfPA is working with OSHA to coordinate two different systems of hazard warnings 70 NFPA JOURNAL MAY/JUNE 2013 FOR DECADES, NFPA 704, Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response, has provided guidance for labeling an assortment of physical and chemical hazards with information on their flammability, instability, and potential impact on the health of people who come in contact with them. The labels, which use a combination of color coding and numerical scales to describe a hazard’s severity, can appear on buildings, shipping containers, 55-gallon drums, aboveground storage tanks, and elsewhere. They are readily recognized and easily understood, and they are designed to help determine an appropriate response in the event of fire, spill, or similar emergencies. NFPA 704 labeling is used widely in a number of industries, and the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) has allowed its use for in-plant labeling systems. But a recent move by OSHA has introduced the possibility for confusion around the standard’s labeling guidelines. Last year, OSHA updated its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS, or HazCom 2012) for general industry, which is required Illustration: Rafael Ricoy

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NFPA Journal - May/June 2013

NFPA Journal - May/June 2013
First Word
In a Flash
Heads Up
Structural Ops
In Compliance
Electrical Safety
Wildfire Watch
Treasurer's Report
Work in Progress
Amping It Up
Drill Team
Working Together
Code Process 2.0
Routine Maintenance
Here, There, Everywhere
Section Spotlight
Expo Preview: Exhibitors' Showcase
Looking Back

NFPA Journal - May/June 2013