Three kinds of chemical labels are in general use at the University of Missouri:
- Hazardous Material labels (HMLs)
- Manufacturers' labels
- HMIS labels
The University of Missouri also uses special labels for Universal Waste.
Containers of used hazardous materials must be labeled with a Hazardous Materials Label (HML) provided by EHS. The HML must not be used for any other purpose without specific instructions from EHS. The instructions for the proper use of the HML for Unwanted Hazardous Materials and the HML-R for Unwanted Radioactive Materials may be downloaded below. Additionally, there is a Hazardous Materials Continuation Label (HML-C) which can be used if additional space is needed on either the HML or HML-R. The HML-C must never be used by itself. There is also a special HML for Temporary Containers that are emptied daily into other containers; that label is called the HML-T.
- For hazardous materials:
- For additional components: HML-C Instructions (PDF)
- For radioactive materials: HML-R Instructions (PDF)
- For containers that are emptied daily: HML-T Instructions (PDF)
Chemical manufacturers generally place a great deal of information on their labels to communicate the hazards associated with their products, and it is a good idea to leave as much of the original label unobscured as possible.
To maintain a basic level of safety, the University of Missouri requires that all chemicals in hazardous material areas be clearly labeled. This even applies to commonplace materials (e.g., water) when they are used in hazardous materials areas. The labeling should include the original manufacturer's label when possible. Labels on containers of all chemicals must have the chemical name. Labels on containers of hazardous chemicals must also show the hazard warnings (flammable, corrosive, oxidizer, water reactive, etc.)
The following links will help you label hazardous materials that have been transferred to new containers and understand the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) hazard rating system used on Hazardous Material Information System (HMIS) labels.
Below you will also find links to pages with Avery Labels, complete with the NFPA diamond, in Word format. These may be downloaded, filled in, and printed out at your convenience. The properly complete HMIS label will provide all personnel with the necessary hazard warnings and meet the University's requirements for labeling hazardous unused materials.
If you have questions regarding completing any label, please contact Environmental Health & Safety at (573) 882-3736.
- Labeling Instructions for Unused Chemicals (PDF)
- NFPA Reference (PDF)
- Guide to Chemical Hazard Information (PDF)
- SDS Information
- HMIS Avery Label Templates (PDF)
- HMIS Avery 5160 Labels (Word)
- HMIS Avery 5162 Labels (Word)
- HMIS Avery 5163 Labels (Word)
- EHS Labeling Policy Information (PDF)
Universal WasteAt the University of Missouri, "universal waste" almost always refers to used fluorescent lamps or batteries. Instructions for Universal Waste can be found below:
- Fluorescent Lamp Handling Instructions (PDF)
- Battery Handling Instructions (PDF)
- Labeling Instructions - Broken Fluorescent Lamps (PDF)
- Labeling Instructions - Intact Fluorescent Lamps (PDF)
- Labeling Instructions - Batteries (PDF)