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.



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).


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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