The federal government has established a system of labeling hazardous materials to help identify the type of material and the threat posed, thus aiding emergency responders whose lives depend on knowing what hazards are involved. The following are some of the major colors and symbols of the different hazard classes:
|Flammable Gases or Liquids||Red||Flame|
|Flammable Solids||Red/White Stripes||Flame|
|Poisons||White||Skull & Crossbones|
EPA maintains summaries of information on over 300 chemicals, including their identifying characteristics, health hazards, ecological effects, and methods to reduce exposure to the chemical. Search the Envirofacts Master Chemical Integrator (EMCI) Chemical References Web pages.