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The Hazard Assessment and Signage Program (HASP)

To better communicate potential laboratory hazards, Environmental Health and Safety has established a new hazard identification program. This program known as the Hazard Assessment Signage Program (HASP) is meant to establish a quick and easy reference for public safety, emergency responders and anyone entering laboratories.

The traditional NFPA 704 rating system established a numerical ranking for three primary categories, health, flammability and reactivity with an area for identifying special hazards such as corrosiveness or water reactivity. HASP differs from the NFPA 704 by expanding the number of categories it addresses and taking into account the quantities involved as well as how materials are being used to more accurately represent the actual level of hazard present.

The program is based on 16 hazard categories ranging from biohazards, compressed gases and chemical storage, to electrical, lasers and radiation hazards. Each category is separated into three risk levels; low, moderate and high. Definitions for each category and guidance for determining the level of risk are listed below.

HASP Program Information and Guidelines

HASP Assessment Sheet

Once a laboratory has been evaluated, a sign will be created that identifies the building, room, PI responsible for the lab and emergency contact information. Additionally, the signs will include up to eight (8) color-coded pictographs showing the top ranking hazards in the lab. Signs will be mounted on the doors for each lab that opens to a hallway and can be updated as needed.

Please direct any informational updates, as well as any questions, comments or concerns regarding this program to Jill De Joode at x 6427. In addition, if there are spaces that you are aware of that require signage based on this criteria, or labs which have (or will undergo) significant change following this posting please contact Jill De Joode with updated information.

Last modified: February 24, 2017
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