Hazard Communication: Resources for Labeling

In June of 2016, OSHA began enforcement of the new Hazard Communication Standard aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. Not only did this standard formalize and clarify the labeling of chemicals in a common manner, it also provided further enforcement to ensure employees understand the labels on chemicals. Since the update of the standard, our team has written several articles highlighting the requirements under the new standard. Below are links to various resources, both from our team and other sources.

Label and Pictogram Brief

Top Take-away: Labels for a hazardous chemical must contain: Name, address and telephone number, Product identifier, Signal word, Hazard statement(s), Precautionary statement(s), and Pictogram(s)

This document, prepared by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, highlights the various pictograms associated with dangerous chemicals and the requirements for labels.

Hazard Communication Standard Label Requirements

Top Take-Away: When transferring a chemical or substance to another container, it becomes our responsibility to ensure the new container is properly labeled with all 6 required pieces of information.

This blog post features the six pieces of information required on a label (mentioned previously under Label and Pictogram Brief). With an overview of each piece of the label, this blog post makes understanding the requirements simple.

Pictogram Infographic

Top Take-Away: Familiarizing yourself and employees with the various pictograms can be as simple as placing this infographic somewhere to be seen regularly.

Included in this short infographic are the 9 Pictograms and Hazards specified in the Hazard Communication Standard. This infographic provides a simple way to understand the pictograms and can be a great source to refer to time and time again.

Additional resources around the topic of Hazard Communication:

Is Your OSHA Safety Training Program Ready for the New Hazard Communication Standard?

Webpage: Hazard Communication Standard (OSHA)

Webpage: Frequently Asked Questions (OSHA)

Not only are labels an important component of compliance, they are important for the workers who use them, and they are vitally important to emergency responders.  Properly labeled containers help first responders perform faster and more effectively to chemical exposures, especially if the affected individuals are incapable of communication.

If you have any questions regarding how the Hazard Communication Standard affects your workplace or varying safety-related topics, please contact our SafetyHelpline™. Our team of safety professionals is ready and willing to assist you in understanding and implementing procedures for safe working environments.

SafetyHelpline@Optimum-USA.com or 888-70-SAFETY (888-707-2338

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