Safety Labels for Hazardous Chemicals
The OSHA Hazard Communication Standard and NSTA's Safety Issue Paper "OSHA Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals" require labels on containers, such as flasks or beakers, in the lab.
In 2012, OSHA revised its hazardous chemical labeling requirements in the Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 (HCS). The updated HCS requires information and graphical representations about chemical hazards to be posted on labels. The labels must also provide user direction on how to properly handle the chemical, as well as a:
• product identifier;
• signal word;
• hazard statement(s);
• precautionary statement(s);
• pictogram(s); and
• supplementary info, such as the name, address, and telephone number of the chemical manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party (e.g., the company transporting the chemical or the vendor).
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