Stay Off Of OSHA’s Most Wanted List – Hazard Communication Labeling

Hazard Communication Label penalties are the #2 most common OSHA violation, trailing only behind fall protection. 

Keeping on top of your work facilities hazard communication compliance program can go a long way in terms of avoiding some harsh monetary fines and potential issues with brand image. 

OSHA’s hazard communication standard (1910.1200) ensures safety in the workplace by providing detailed information about the identities and hazards of chemicals, machines, vehicles, and other work-related tools. 

In 2016, the most commonly cited hazard communication violation was the lack of a hazcom program in the workplace (Musick 2016). Companies are required to maintain an up-to-date hazard communication program in order to avoid the potential $12,600 fine, per violation.

In order to ensure if your work place is hazcom compliant, make sure that you have a hazard communication initiative. Check out HCL’s Workplace Safety Signs and Labels page to outfit your facility with safety signs and labels. 

OSHA inspectors will examine your entire work facility, including any chemicals and hazardous waste that you have around and must dispose of. HCL’s GHS chemical label and waste label page will have all of the necessary labels for your workplace chemicals and waste. 

Encourage your management to implement a hazard communication program at your work environment if one does not exist. Properly label chemicals, waste, and other work-related hazards in order to stay off of OSHA’s most wanted list. 

The OSHA hazcom standard gives workers the right to understand their work atmosphere and the hazards associated with it. Avoid some hefty compliance fines today and trust HCL Labels to help you comply. 

Comply Today!

Musick, Tom. Safety and Health Magazine. OSHA’s Top 10 most cited violations for 2016. 26 November 2016. Web. 30 May 2017.


The Largest Online Library of HazCom Labels-Out Fit Your Entire Facility Today!

HCL Labels, Inc. offers the largest online library of hazard communication labels to outfit your entire work facility!

Our hazcom label library consists of over 50,000 labels and variations. We produce GHS chemical, department of transportation (DOT), ANSI, NFPA, waste, lab, & workplace safety labels, signs, and tags. 

Let HCL Labels, Inc. out fit your entire workplace facility with our extensive library of hazcom safety labels. With the largest online library, HCL is sure to have the label you need for your workplace. 

If we don’t have what your looking for, ask us and we’ll make it available for you within hours of your request. Send all custom requests to:

Federal, state, and local environmental health & safety compliance fines can have a detrimental effect on finances and your brand. Inspection time may be right around the corner. Let HCL outfit your entire facility so you can protect your employees from workplace hazards, and remain compliant!

Shop our entire selection of compliance labels with the links below!

GHS Labels

DOT Labels and Placards

NFPA Labels and Signs

Waste Labels

Lab Safety Labels

Workplace Safety Labels




Department of Transportation (DOT) Labeling Regulations

HCL will dive into the FMCSA 49 CFR subpart E Part 172 about labeling and marking regulations when shipping hazardous materials.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has set forth a series of strict shipping and marking regulations that transporters must comply with. To put it simply, any person that is transporting hazardous materials must ensure that the individual packages are labeled correctly with the proper hazard notification.

A DOT hazard placard must be placed on the outside of the shipping containers only if the placard represents the hazardous material contained inside of the shipping container.

Each bulk packaging, freight container, unit load device, transport vehicle, or rail car containing any quantity of hazardous materials must be placarded on each side and each end with the correct hazard placards.

DOT shipping regulations have such strict labeling and marking requirements in order to protect the transporter, commuters, and the environment from exposure to hazardous materials.

HCL Labels, Inc. recently lowered their price on all adhesive vinyl and paper DOT/EPA shipping placards, labels, and signs. Let HCL help you remain compliant with DOT/EPA shipping regulations and protect your transporters from exposure to hazardous material.

For more information about DOT shipping regulations, please view the FMCSA fact sheet here.


Electrical Safety Tips: Home Environment

May 2017 is national electrical safety month, and HCL wants to remind our customers how to prevent electrical accidents at home. 

Electricity is a force we have all grown to depend on. It runs through our homes, our workplace, and even our pockets. There are some things to look out for at home in order to prevent accidents and electrical fires. Follow these tips at home to keep you and your family safe.

  1. Never throw water on an electrical fire. Water and electricity don’t necessarily go well together. Since water conducts electricity, throwing water on an electrical fire will only spread the fire. In order to put out an electrical fire, only use chemical fire extinguishers. 
  2. Worn and torn electrical cords. The best practice to avoid this kind of instance is to completely replace the cord. The cost to replace the cord is a lot less than the cost of an electrical fire. If a cord can’t be replaced, you can repair it with black electrical tape. 
  3. Maintain outlet receptacles. If an outlet face is missing or broken, take the time to replace it. Electrical outlets exposed to the environment cause a risk of sparking. 
  4. Understand your breaker. Understand what your breaker is trying to tell you, and make sure its components are up-to-date. If your breaker is easily tripped, or you often have to reset it, it may signal a serious electrical problem.
  5. Understand out-of-date components. If you have an older microwave, breaker, oven, or smoke alarm, take the time to understand how it works. Older electrical components can cause flickering or sparking if not correctly maintained. 
  6. If you’re not sure, have a professional look at it. When it comes to electrical safety, it’s never a good idea to tackle something that you’re not sure how to handle. Call a professional and licensed electrician to examine your home for electrical hazards.

Stay safe!

-HCL Labels, Inc. 


May 2017 is National Electrical Safety Month

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has declared May 2017 as National Electrical Safety Month.

We at HCL Labels want to encourage not just environmental health and safety, but best practices that will keep you, our hardworking customer, safe from house, school, or workplace related hazards. That’s why HCL Labels will promote the theme laid forth by the ESFI and will reassure electrical safety. 

Throughout the Month, HCL Labels, Inc. will share information across social media platforms related to electrical safety in order to raise awareness about electrical hazards. 

In every package going out this month, we will include a free “Danger: Electrical Hazard” label (pictured below). Our hope is that you will use the hazard communication label to indicate an electrical hazard that may cause injury, fires, or death to employees. 

The ESFI is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting electrical safety. HCL Labels wants to inspire electrical safety awareness in our customers, and is committed to protecting your workforce!

For more information regarding the ESFI’s May 2017 safety month, please visit the link here