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Know This Before Your 2018 Safety Inspection – GHS Labels

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 identifiersignal wordhazard 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.

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Pictograms.

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).

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SDS Consistency.

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!

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