Understanding GHS Label Components.
Before your 2018 safety inspection, review the components of an OSHA compliant secondary container label.
Now two years into the OSHA – GHS alignment, the expectation for chemical identification compliance has increased in this New Year.
GHS Label Components.
In order for a chemical label to be an OSHA compliant secondary container label, it must contain a product identifier, signal word, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and pictograms.
The product identifier acts as a title for the label and identifies which chemical is in use. The signal word is used to represent chemical hazards and indicates the level of relative severity. Danger indicates a higher level hazard than Warning.
Hazard and precautionary statements are written descriptions of the hazards present, as well as precautions to take when working with the chemical.
Pictograms are symbols that are representative of the hazards contained in a chemical. created by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Pictograms are used for the labeling of containers that contain workplace hazards. Each pictogram is representative of a hazard (flammable, corrosive, toxic, etc).
OSHA/GHS Labels must be written to the Safety-Data-Sheet of the chemical in use. SDS’s contain comprehensive information regarding the hazardous chemicals. Note: SDS’s are an updated version of the now out-dated MSDS.
If you have any additional questions regarding GHS label components, please contact us!
From 2015-2016, OSHA Reports a 7% Increase in Work-Related Fatalities & Injuries.
According to an OSHA report, work-related fatalities rose in 2016 by 7%. The number of fatalities in 2016 were greater than in 2015. The fatal injury rate rose to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time employees, up from 3.4 per 100,000 the year prior (Smith 2017).
“Today’s occupational fatality data show a tragic trend with the third consecutive increase in worker fatalities in 2016 – the highest since 2008. America’s workers deserve better,” says Loren Sweatt, assistant secretary for the Occupational Safety & Health Administration.
“OSHA is committed to finding new and innovative ways of working with employers and employees to improve workplace safety and health. OSHA will work to address these trends through enforcement, compliance assistance, education and training and outreach,” Sweatt reports.
The increase in work-related fatalities & injuries for the third consecutive year highlights the dangers of the workplace. There has been a decline in OSHA inspectors in the last few years due to federal budget-cuts. The less-than 800 inspectors aren’t able to inspect every working industry.
All employers must take the necessary steps in their facilities to maintain a safe-working environment. Compliance with Federal-OSHA regulations carries an extreme weight and importance in terms of not just compliance, but protection.
HCL Labels works with companies in providing their employees with the right-to-know about chemical hazards in the work-place. Understanding GHS regulations goes a long way in providing your employees with a written hazard communication program that will protect themselves. Come back later in January to view the components of a GHS Label that you will need to know before your 2018 safety inspection.
Protect the workforce and remain compliant
Source: Smith, Sandy. 19 December 2017. Are American workers in danger? OSHA reports dramatic increase in fatal occupational injuries. EHS Today. Web. 5 January 2018. www.ehstoday.com