Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 11:22:03 EDT
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Subject: Re: GHS Pictograms for Hazard Classes

The GHS pictograms are available to download from the UN GHS website.
UNECE - GHS pictograms
The GHS SDS requires in SDS Section 2 that the GHS pictogram(s) that correspond to the GHS hazard classification be included either as a graphi c or the name for the symbol. The September 30, 2009 OSHA GHS NPRM proposed to include the GHS pictograms in SDS Section 2 in the USA.
Michele R. Sullivan, Ph.D.
MRS Associates

In a message dated 6/2/2010 10:49:44 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time, Patricia.Peifer**At_Symbol_Here**WESTPHARMA.COM writes:

My company receives raw materials in for testing an d traditionally we have put a label on the boxes to indicate any potential health/handling hazards, for example flammable, corrosive, oxidizer, etc.   I believe this system started years ago because it was felt that analysts who test the raw materials may not check the MSDS, althoug h we tell them they are required to do so.   (Most of our raw mater ials are not hazardous or are only minimally so)

I do not like the current labels we are using and am thinking about seeing if I can obtain the nine different GHS pictogram labels for Hazard classes to use instead.  I think they are better and cov er a wider range of potential hazards.  I am wondering if anyone else is doing this and how they feel about the GHS pictograms.   I do not kn ow as much about GHS as I should, but my understanding is that these pictogram s will be on MSDSs in the US somewhere down the road. 

Pat Peifer

Project Manager, Health Safety and Training

West Pharmaceutical Services


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