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07/17/2013

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Nancy Pearce

Hello,

I believe it may be an issue on your end. I just tried it and it displayed ok in both IE9 and in firefox. Please send me your contact information and I would be happy to send you a pdf directly.

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Nancy Pearce

I understand your frustration. First let me clarify a few things for you. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is NOT a government entity. We are a private, non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards primarily through the development of codes and standards and through education. Codes are developed by a committee of volunteers (including OSHA) with expertise in the area of focus, using a consensus process. Work began on the NFPA 704 standard in 1957 and it was first officially adopted in 1961, years before OSHA came into existence. It is a well recognized standard that has been protecting emergency response personnel for over 50 years.

OSHA’s recent action to revise their 30 year old Hazard Communication standard is intended to improve worker safety throughout the world by including a globally developed and adopted system for chemical hazard classification, labeling, and documentation. When NFPA first heard discussions about the possible incorporation of the GHS system into OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HC2012), we voiced concern over the possible confusion that could occur with the inverse number system utilized in GHS. NFPA provided written testimony to that effect in 2009. While the final OSHA GHS standard does utilize numbers on the new SDS format, it is important to note that these numbers are not required on the new GHS label format. The key is to distinguish the two systems and ensure that the numbers used on the SDSs are not mistaken for NFPA ratings and transcribed in error to the NFPA 704 label. NFPA 704 is an emergency response label while OSHA HC2012 is for routine worker exposures. The free Quick Card, jointly developed with OSHA and NFPA, provides a quick summary of the differences in the two systems to help eliminate confusion. It should also be noted that OSHA has indicated that they do not see a conflict between HC2012 and the use of NFPA 704.

NFPA and the technical committee that is responsible for NFPA 704 will continue discussions with OSHA and with emergency responders to insure that we address all concerns.

Patrick Lambert

This is ridiculous and insane that these two government entities would have two diametrically opposing labeling procedures. No one in either agency had an epiphany to look to see what the other was using as a standard...really?!?!

A perfect example of waste at it's best. Now we'll have to hire all sorts of "specialists" and "professionals" to sort this out (of course funded by our tax dollars)....and God forbid you don't have the cross reference sheet, now there are TWO agencies that will be more than willing to fine you for this FUBAR....unbelieveable!!

Nancy Pearce

The use of the term SA was permitted to identify certain simple asphyxiants starting with the 2007 edition of NFPA 704. The technical committee felt this would provide a warning to emergency responders for exposures to these colorless, odorless gases. COR has not been an accepted symbol on the fourth quadrant of the NFPA label. The corrosiveness of a material is covered within the health hazard rating. For further information and to view the NFPA 704 standard free of charge, go to www.NFPA.org. The information on the Special Hazards warnings used in the fourth quadrant can be found in Chapter 8.

Ben Hissam

Good morning,
I see you have added SA under Special information. When will this update take place on the 704 label? Also i was under the impression that a chemical on the 704 is because of it is unstable (usally fire). Most responders will have supplied air respirators when approaching an above ground storage tank. This information would be for a tank of a compressed gas? Did you remove the COR label for corrosive chemicals? Thank you for your help.

Steve Lambert

The quick card label says Hazcom 2012 on top:
1. How is this different from a GHS label?
2. Is there an example of what the GHS numbering system will look like in an SDS?

The GHS numbering will not be required on labeling so to have a comparison of the labels themselves isn't as useful as it would be to show them used in the SDS. The new, inverted numbering of the GHS is the most concerning difference and it is not addressed visually in the quick card. Will it be in a similar color coded diamond, or just a number next to a pictogram etc..?

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