Elements, Compounds and Mixtures

Hazard Symbols - Safety Symbols.

What are the Chemical Hazard Symbols?

The following symbols are sometimes found on containers.
These symbols mean that the substance is dangerous.
The explanation for the symbol is given below.

Hazard Symbols for Chemistry Safety

Oxidising - The substance provides oxygen.
Other materials will burn more fiercely in its presence.

Highly Flammable - The substance will catch fire easily.

Toxic - The substance is poisonous and can kill.
Possible routes into the body are
breathing, swallowing and absorption through the skin.

Harmful - Similar to toxic but less dangerous.

Corrosive - The substance will attack and destroy living tissue,
including the skin and eyes.

Irritant - The substance is not corrosive
but may cause reddening, irritation or blistering of the skin.

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