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Environmental Training Training Month


GHS Part 3 of 3 Required for 2013 November 2013

Global Harmonization System Labeling


What are the labeling requirements?
Shall be in English and prominently display the following:
1. Product identifier 4. Pictogram(s)
2. Supplier Identification 5. Signal word
3. Precautionary statement(s) 6. Hazard statements

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1. Product Identifier
The product identifier is simply the name of the chemical. Sometimes, there may be more than
one name for a specific chemical; however, the most commonly used name should go on the
label (i.e. WD-40, Windex, Delvo, etc.).

2. Supplier Identification
The supplier identification is the Name, address and telephone number
of manufacturer/importer/responsible party.
3. Precautionary Statements
The precautionary statement means a phrase that describes recommended measures that should
be taken to minimize or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure to a hazardous chemical,
or improper storage or handling (e.g. Wear face protection [for Explosives, Division 1.1]).
OSHA has adopted the precautionary statements from the GHS which are in Appendix C(i) and
assigned to classes and categories. They also provide better consistency and comprehensibility
than allowing the development of company-specific statements.
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4. Pictograms
From last months training session, a pictogram is a symbol or picture which represents a word
or idea. Specific to GHS, the pictogram is intended to convey specific information about the
hazards of a chemical.
5. Signal Word
A signal word is a word used to indicate the relative level of severity of a hazard and alert the
reader to a potential hazard on the label.
Danger is used for the more severe hazards.

Warning is used for the less severe.

6. Hazard Statements
A hazard statement is a statement assigned to a hazard class and category that describes the
nature of the hazard(s) of a chemical, including, where appropriate, the degree of hazard. (e.g.
Harmful if inhaled [for Category 4 Acute Toxicity Inhalation]).

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
- Harmonized information is to be provided together on the label (signal words,
pictograms and hazard statements)

- All information is to be prominently displayed and in English (although other


languages may also be provided).

(i) EXAMPLE OF APPENDIX C LABEL ELEMENTS