Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Hazmat is a shortened term meaning "hazardous material." HAZ-MAT

Hazardous material can be anything that can cause harm to living things. Some types of hazardous material include biological, chemical or physical items. They can pose a danger to individual health and to the environment. These items, by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) can be agents that contain carcinogens (cancer-causing substances), toxic agents, corrosives, explosive or flammable chemicals and unstable agents.

The colours of each diamond in a way has reference to its hazard IE:

Flammable = red. (Although bags at nursing homes were red and not flammable).

Explosive = orange, because mixing red (flammable) with yellow (oxidising agent) creates orange.

Non Flammable Non Toxic Gas = green, due to all compressed air vessels being this colour in France after World War II.

France is where the diamond system of HazMat identification originated.

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