Each one of us works with chemicals, whether at work or at home. You need to know how to determine their hazards to protect yourself against those hazards. Reading and being able to decipher chemical labels is the first step in the process of using chemicals safely.
Why “Understanding Chemical Labels Under GHS” Matters:
Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) chemical labeling requirements are part of its Hazard Communication Standard (HazCom), which is designed to ensure that you can identify and understand hazardous chemical substances in the workplace. HazCom, including chemical labeling, has been aligned with the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This training session focuses on the GHS chemical label.
- The GHS chemical label is designed to keep you safer by standardizing the information presented about a hazardous chemical.
- Chemical labels provide brief information on the physical and health hazards presented by a chemical. Each component of a chemical label gives different information on how to protect yourself and your co-workers.
Pictograms graphically describe the hazards of a chemical class.
- With few exceptions, hazardous chemical containers in your workplace must be labeled.
- Alternative labeling systems must be compliant with GHS information requirements.