New labels required by the revision of the hazard communication standard (29 CFR 1910.1200) to incorporate GHS amendments will look and read somewhat differently from previously approved label formats.
Of course the purpose of the new labels, tags, and markings remains as always to give employees an immediate warning of hazardous chemicals and a reminder that more detailed information is available.
There are three key elements required for all new chemical labels:
1. Text in English. Each hazardous chemical label, tag, or marking must be prominently displayed, and text must be in English. Other languages may also be included, if appropriate, but can't be substituted for English.
2. Product identifier. The label, tag, or marking must include a “product identifier.” The product identifier is the name or number that enables the user to identify the chemical. The identifier must allow cross-references to be made among the list of hazardous chemicals required in the written hazard communication program, the label, and the safety data sheet (SDS).
3. Signal word, pictogram, hazard statement, precautionary statement, and contact information. In addition to the product identifier, all of the following information must be provided together on a chemical label, tag, or marking, and in compliance with the requirements of Appendix C of the standard:
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A chemical manufacturer, importer, or distributor that becomes aware of any significant new information about the hazards of a chemical must revise the labels for the chemical within 6 months of becoming aware of the new information and make sure the labels on containers of hazardous chemicals shipped after that time contain the new information.
If the chemical is not currently produced or imported, the information must be added to the label before the chemical is shipped again.
Chemical manufacturers, importers, and distributors must ensure that each container of hazardous chemicals leaving the workplace is labeled, tagged, or marked in a manner that does not conflict with the requirements of the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (49 CFR 173), administered by the U.S. DOT.
BLR's GHS Compliance Focus provides the compliance dates along with a side-by-side comparison of the HazCom standard before and after the GHS amendments. Get the details.
As an alternative to labeling all individual process containers, you can:
But remember, any alternative labeling method must be consistent with the GHS label system. All information supplied on the alternative labels must be consistent with the GHS label system. There must be no conflicting hazard statement and pictogram.
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