HazChem Font

Download Adam Dimech’s free* HazChem font: the ideal TrueType font for research scientists, chemists, laboratory managers and educators. Adam Dimech’s HazChem font bundles together a handy collection of Hazchem, Hazmat and general safety symbols.


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Adam Dimech’s HazChem font font contains many useful chemical safety symbols.

Now promoting chemical safety is just a font-change away!

Adam Dimech’s HazChem font is ideal for generating OH&S/WH&S-compliant labels for reagent bottles, writing Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) or Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) as well as general chemical safety labelling around your lab or industrial site.

Using Adam Dimech’s HazChem font will completely eliminate any need to find suitable image files to make OHS/WHS-complient safety signage and labels at your facility. Being a font, the HazChem logos will scale to any size without distorting or pixellation, ensuring a professional look every time.

Warnings include: Cytotoxic, Explosive, Radioactive, Biohazard, Corrosive, Flammable (Solid, Liquid, Gas), Oxidising Agent, Non-Flammable Gas, Cytotoxic, Poisonous, Toxic, Harmful and Ionising Radiation. For convenience, Attention, No Smoking, No Food and Exit glyphs have also been included. You can see a complete list in this handy guide (PDF, 134kB).

What's included?

Adam Dimech’s HazChem font contains sets of:

  • Australian and British-style Hazchem symbols
  • European (CLIP) hazardous substance symbols
  • United States/Canadian Hazchem symbols
  • UN Globally Harmonised System (GHS) symbols

All classes of dangerous goods are included:

  • Class 1: Explosive substances or articles
  • Class 2: Gases
  • Class 3: Flammable liquids
  • Class 4.1: Flammable solids, self-reactive and desensitised explosives
  • Class 4.2: Spontaneously combustible
  • Class 4.3: Dangerous when exposed to water
  • Class 5.1: Oxidising agents
  • Class 5.2: Oxidising peroxides
  • Class 6.1: Toxic substances
  • Class 6.2: Infectious substances
  • Class 7: Radioactive material
  • Class 9: Miscellaneous dangerous goods

In addition, some other symbols which might be useful in a laboratory or industrial setting have been added, such as “No Food", “No Smoking”, “Attention” and “Exit”.

What is the UN Globally Harmonised System?

GHS is the internationally agreed Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.

GHS aims to improve the health and safety of workers, consumers and the environment by ensuring consistent hazard communication on the chemicals being used across the world. GHS will also reduce the regulatory burden on manufacturers who currently have to struggle with many different systems of classification depending on the countries they manufacture in and export to. The European Union has introduced GHS regulations, and it is likely that Australia will also do so in coming years. It was therefore seen as important that Adam Dimech’s HazChem font includes these important new symbols, so that laboratories and industrial sites can shift their compliance regime to the new GHS standard.

Installation of the HazChem font

This font is provided in a handy ZIP file format.

To install the font on a Windows machine, follow these simple instructions:

  1. Download the HazChem ZIP file to your computer. Save the file in c:\My Documents or on the Desktop
  2. In Windows Explorer, open the “My Documents” folder and locate the file HazChem.zip
  3. Right-click on HazChem.zip, and choose “Extract All...”
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  4. Ensure that “Show extracted files when complete” is ticked, then press “Extract”.
  5. Screen capture of a Windows dialogue box with the Extract button indicated
  6. A directory containing two files (HazChem.ttf and HazChem-Font-Reference-Sheet.pdf) will be shown. In Windows 7/8, right click on HazChem.ttf and click “Install”. This will complete the process for Windows 7 users with Admistrator rights. If you don’t have Administrator rights, follow the instructions below.

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    In Windows Vista or XP go to Start > Programs > Windows Explorer to open a new directory window.

  7. Navigate to c:\windows\fonts
  8. Drag HazChem.ttf from c:\MyDocuments\HazChem to the c:\windows\fonts directory. The font will be automatically installed.
  9. Open Microsoft Word/Publisher, Adobe Photoshop or any other applicable programme that utilises fonts to start using Adam Dimech’s HazChem font.
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  10. If you found Adam Dimech’s HazChem font to be useful, make a donation via PayPal:

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Usage and Disclaimer

*This font is offered as a free download, on the condition that it is not offered for download or distribution anywhere else, used to generate commercial products, onsold, bundled within other font or software packages or used to create derivative works.

The HazChem font is provided “as is” with no express or implied warranty for accuracy or compliance with safety standards within your jurisdiction. This font is designed soley for use in a laboratory, research, academic, industrial or educational environment.

The HazChem font is not licenced for use as a web font, including @font-face.