FAQ Friday - March 2023

This FAQ Friday is focused on questions about OSHA Chemical Labels.

If you have any hazard communication questions or safety questions about common chemicals, ask in the comments below or send an email to contact@ariadne-hces.com. 

What does OSHA require on a chemical label?

The following are the required label elements.

  1. Product Identifier, matching the identifier used on the safety data sheet
  2. Signal Word, either Warning or Danger
  3. Hazard Statements, indicating the hazardous properties of the chemical
  4. Pictograms, visual indications of the general type of hazard
  5. Precautionary Statements, indicating what precautionary measures need to be taken for the safe handling and storage of the chemical
  6. Name, Address, and Telephone Number of the chemical manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party

How many pictograms can a chemical label have?

A chemical label will have as many pictograms as hazard categories the chemical products belong to. There are nine different GHS pictograms. Most commonly, chemical labels will have one to three (1-3) pictograms.

Read more about OSHA Chemical Label Requirements and the Global Harmonized System (GHS) on our website.


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