The NFPA 704 “diamond” provides a tried and true method for warning emergency responders of the hazards they could encounter during a spill or fire involving a hazardous material. Staff at NFPA often receive questions about the application of the ratings such as “How does this system differ from other labeling systems” or “Where should I post the NFPA 704 placards at my facility”? A new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document has been developed to address some of these common questions. The FAQ document is now posted and available for download.
What else is happening with NFPA 704? Well-those of you who are still wondering how OSHA’s HazCom 2012 hazard classification numbers may impact NFPA 704 ratings can view a comparison of the two systems on a Quick Card that is also available for download. In addition, NFPA 704 is currently undergoing revision. The first draft of the document that includes proposed changes is now open for public comment. You can view the First Draft Report on the next edition tab on the document information page to view changes proposed for the 2017 edition of NFPA 704. A few highlighted changes include the addition of the symbol for simple asphyxiant (SA), to be added for liquefied carbon dioxide vapor withdrawal systems and where large quantities of dry ice are used in confined areas, and the addition of sample placards and explanatory language that can be used in safety publications. The document is open for public comment through May 15, 2015.
The NFPA 704 rating system is alive and well and continues to provide emergency responders with the information needed to safeguard the lives of both the public and emergency response personnel!