Prepare Your Facility for 2018 – OSHA/GHS Compliance, Updates, & More

Is your facility prepared for 2018? Here are a few preparations to make for your work facility & written HazCom program for the New Year.

OSHA/GHS Compliance

With the now two-year OSHA-GHS alignment in motion, the expectation for HazCom compliance is increasing in 2018. OSHA inspectors will be looking for a harmony between facility hazard communication programs and chemical label consistency.

Staying on top of a written hazard communication program is necessary for employees to understand it. Here are 6 steps to follow for an effective hazard communication program in your workplace, that will help ensure HazCom label consistency.

Chemical Library Organization

Are you providing employees with the right-to-know the hazards related to chemicals in the workplace? Pertinent to a clear hazard communication program, is an organized chemical library.  When the calendar shifts to 2018, put in the time to organize your facility chemicals and ensure that they are properly labeled.

Stocking up on GHS labels will warrant an effective label program for your chemicals. Additionally, including a chemical organization plan in your written hazard communication program will assure that your employees maintain the chemical library.

Hazardous chemical identification is a factor that OSHA inspectors will look for when auditing your workplace.

Hazardous Waste Update

Federal regulation 49 CFR 172.301 requires an updated format for Hazardous Waste Marking and Communication. All hazardous waste labels at HCL have been updated per regulations for the new format. Each label must include a space for the UN number that is no smaller than 12mm. See more here.

The Leading Source for GHS Chemical Safety Labels – Long Lasting Durability

HCL Labels, Inc. is the leading source for hazard communication OSHA/GHS chemical safety labels. Offering the largest online library of ready-made safety labels that are built to adhere and resist solvents.

HCL Labels, Inc. offers the largest library of GHS Chemical Safety Labels, with over 700 ready-made options to choose from, as well as an easy custom design process at no additional cost.

Back in January, HCL Labels switched to a stronger material for our GHS chemical safety labels. In doing so, we struck a balance between how hard our customers work, and how our labels work for our customers.

We put the 3M adhesive vinyl with chemical and solvent resistant laminate through various tests, and the material stood strong against Acetone, Dichloromethane, and other tough solvents.

HCL holds ongoing material tests at our Scotts Valley office. After seven months (since the testing began) of simulating spills, drips, and even dishwasher tests, the labels look as though they were printed yesterday.

HCL Labels would like to invite our customers to push the limits of the material. We’re confident that our GHS Labels will withstand anything you put them through.


These OSHA Safety Labels are really sticky!

One test in particular that highlights the quality of our product is the dishwasher test. We’ve washed secondary chemical containers in regular and commercial dishwashers with our GHS Labels still on them. After each wash, the labels came out unaffected.

This extreme durability proves that our labels work as hard as our customers do. The 3M adhesive vinyl with laminate holds against solvents that melt most materials.

We’re confident that our GHS Labels will last through the harsh work conditions you put them through.

Go ahead–test it. We’d love to hear your experience with pushing the limits of our durability.

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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.



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!


OSHA Reports 7% Increase In Work-Related Injuries

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.

Misinformation Regarding Manufacturer Information on GHS Labels

OSHA Regulations for secondary container label requirements are often misunderstood.

There is a common misconception that exists regarding secondary container label requirements. The confusion lies within the definition of primary and secondary chemical containers, respectively.

According to the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard, also known as HazCom [29 CFR 1910.1200(f)(1)], primary and secondary containers are defined differently and contain different label requirements.

Primary chemical containers are shipped to a location from the supplier/manufacturer of the chemical. Primary containers, also known as permanent, arrive with a label on them. The label on the primary containers include the manufacturer information.

When the larger drum of chemicals arrives, it is broken up into smaller containers for employee use. These smaller containers are known as secondary, or portable containers. The HazCom Standard indicates conditions that must be met that requires a secondary label, found here.

Given that conditions are met that would require a secondary identification, the HazCom standard says the labels “must contain two key pieces of information: the identity of the hazardous chemical(s) in the container, and the hazards present (OSHA 2015).” 

This amendment to the HazCom standard is often overlooked. All secondary container GHS chemical safety labels are NOT required to include the manufacturer information. HCL’s library of GHS labels do not contain any manufacturer information.

HCL Labels is happy to include any custom information that you would like on your labels. Contact us today if you would like to include manufacturer information!

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For more information regarding OSHA secondary container label requirements, please review the Quick Facts sheet here.

2018 Hazardous Waste Format – Regulatory Update

Federal regulation 49 CFR 172.301 requires an updated format for Hazardous Waste Marking and Communication.

In case you haven’t already noticed, HCL Labels recently updated the artwork on all of our hazardous waste storage, shipping, and identification labels. The old format contains a larger box at the bottom of the label.

This update has taken effect at HCL in order to meet the new standard for hazardous waste identification. According to the regulation, all hazardous waste labels must contain separate box for the UN, NA, or ID number that is at least 12mm (0.47 inches) high.

HCL would like to advise all of our customers who maintain a hazardous waste program at their facility, to ensure that you stock the proper identification labels. You can view our updated library of hazardous waste labels at the link below.


The New Format:

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A Convenient and Cost-Effective Custom Label Process by HCL

Send us the SDS & we’ll do the rest.

From time-to-time, our customers encounter a need for a chemical safety label that is not in our ready-made library of over 800 OSHA/GHS compliant labels. Over the years, we have developed a fast and easy custom GHS label process that we are extremely proud of.

The entire custom process is as fast as you can approve the label. It really is as simple as “send us the SDS & we’ll do the rest.” The best part of our custom abilities is it comes at no additional cost to our customers. Below you can see the process from start to finish.

  • An order is placed for custom GHS Labels at no additional cost here.
  • Customer submits Safety-Data-Sheet to OR responds to order confirmation email.
  • HCL’s artwork team creates the label based off of the SDS, and accommodates any additional custom requests.
  • HCL will send the customer an artwork proof of the label for review.
  • Customer reviews artwork and approves or requests changes.
  • Once approved, HCL will print and ship it to you!

Our custom GHS labels are a convenient, timesaving, cost-effective, fast, and extremely simple solution to a complicated chemical organization problem. It’s all too easy to pass up.

Take advantage of our custom abilities today!

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Customer Reviews – Part 3

A collection of company and product reviews from our loyal HCL customer.


David from Los Angeles

“Not much that I can say other than the representative was very helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. She also made sure I was happy with my order of which I was extremely happy and these labels are top notch.”


Tomas from Minnesota

“I ordered these labels for a co-worker and she is very pleased with the professional look and compliance with OSHA.”


Rachel from Wisconsin

“We had an upcoming audit from one of our customers and these labels were very noticeable in that the customer mentioned the professional look on these labels.”


Michael from Colorado

“I ordered these labels because our in-house supply vendor didn’t have these labels available. I received them in a very timely manner and they are exactly what I needed.”


Cassidy from Nevada

“Great product. It simplifies identification of small quantities of this material tremendously. This product makes identification of small amounts of material very simple. Great idea!”