Science, Tech, Math › Science Chemical Storage Color Codes (NFPA 704) J. T. Baker Storage Code Colors Share Flipboard Email Print These are examples of NFPA 704 warning signs. Nuno Nogueira Science Chemistry Basics Chemical Laws Molecules Periodic Table Projects & Experiments Scientific Method Biochemistry Physical Chemistry Medical Chemistry Chemistry In Everyday Life Famous Chemists Activities for Kids Abbreviations & Acronyms Biology Physics Geology Astronomy Weather & Climate By Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Chemistry Expert Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences, University of Tennessee at Knoxville B.A., Physics and Mathematics, Hastings College Dr. Helmenstine holds a Ph.D. in biomedical sciences and is a science writer, educator, and consultant. She has taught science courses at the high school, college, and graduate levels. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Anne Marie Helmenstine, Ph.D. Updated January 27, 2019 This is a table of chemical storage code colors, as devised by J. T. Baker. These are the standard color codes in the chemical industry. Except for the stripe code, chemicals assigned a color code generally may be stored safely with other chemicals with the same code. However, there are many exceptions, so it is important to be familiar with the safety requirements for every chemical in your inventory. J. T. Baker Chemical Storage Color Code Table Color Storage Notes White Corrosive. May be harmful to eyes, mucous membranes and skin. Store separate from combustible and flammable chemicals. Yellow Reactive/Oxidizer. May react violently with water, air or other chemicals. Store separate from combustible and flammable reagents. Red Flammable. Store separately only with other flammable chemicals. Blue Toxic. Chemical is hazardous to health if ingested, inhaled or absorbed through the skin. Store separately in a secure area. Green Reagent presents no more than a moderate hazard in any category. General chemical storage. Gray Used by Fisher instead of green. Reagent presents no more than a moderate hazard in any category. General chemical storage. Orange Obsolete color code, replaced by green. Reagent presents no more than a moderate hazard in any category. General chemical storage. Stripes Incompatible with other reagents of the same color code. Store separately. Numeric Classification System In addition to the color codes, a number may be given to indicate the level of hazard for flammability, health, reactivity, and special hazards. The scale runs from 0 (no hazard) to 4 (severe hazard). Special White Codes The white area may contain symbols to indicate special hazards: OX - This indicates an oxidizer that allows chemical to burn in the absence of air. SA - This indicates a simply asphyxiant gas. The code is limited to nitrogen, xenon, helium, argon, neon, and krypton. W with Two Horizontal Bars Through It - This indicates a substance that reacts with water in a dangerous or unpredictable manner. Examples of chemicals that carry this warning include sulfuric acid, cesium metal, and sodium metal. What Is NFPA 704 or the Fire Diamond? MSDS or SDS Definition: What Is a Safety Data Sheet? What Is the Importance of Color on the Periodic Table? How to Make Chemical Piranha Solution Chemicals You Should Never Mix Corrosive Definition in Chemistry Understanding Weather Warning Flags UN ID Number Definition for Chemicals Setting Up a Home Chemistry Lab Using Material Safety Data Sheets Organize Your Homework With Color Coded Supplies Definition and Examples of Acid-Base Indicator 10 Cool Chemistry Experiments Zirconium Facts (Atomic Number 40 or Zr) Toxic Chemicals in Cosmetics What Is the Chemical Composition of Urine?