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This topic covers the labeling requirements of OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS or HazCom), including the new Globally Harmonized System, or GHS, amendments, which applies to any employer whose workers may be exposed to hazardous chemicals. Manufacturers must label every hazardous chemical container with key information on the substance it contains, and worker training must include an explanation of the labeling system.

For a compliance timetable, links to GHS traning materials, and other GHS information, see this HazCom Training article and BLR’s GHS and Hazard Communication Resource Center.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

  • Hazard Communication for information about OSHA’s Hazard Communication standard, including GHS revisions
  • SDS for information about HazCom SDS requirements
  • Hazmat Labels for information about DOT hazardous material (HazMat) labeling requirements

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Interpretations Hazard determination; labeling of solid materials. 12/01/1998National
Interpretations "Guidelines for the preparation of warning labels for carbon and graphite electrical products" [1910.1200] 06/27/1990National
Cartoons Are You Nuts?  National
Training Tips Are Your Employees Reading Chemical Labels?  National
Handouts Check the Label for Key Information (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Check the Label for Key Information (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Quizzes Check the Label for Key Information Quiz (PDF)  National
Training Activities Chemical Label Safety Activity (Word)  National
Interpretations Clarification on labeling and SDS requirements under HCS 2012 [1910.1200] 01/31/2013National
Interpretations Confirmation of labeling requirements of the Hazard Communication Standard [1910.1200; 1910.1200(f)(1)] 01/03/1986National
Interpretations Container labelling requirements [1910.1200] 10/11/1994National
Interpretations CPSC versus HCS 2012 labeling requirements [1910.1200] 05/12/2014National
Meetings GHS Labels (Word)  National
Quizzes GHS Labels Quiz (Word)  National
Interpretations Guidance on whether patch test kits are exempt from the labeling requirements of HCS [1910.1200] 12/24/1992National
Interpretations Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) Labeling Requirements for Industrial Thermometers [1910.1200] 07/17/1989National
Guidance Documents Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms OSHA Brief  National
Handouts Hazard pictograms on chemical labels (PDF)  National
Quizzes Hazard pictograms on chemical labels (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Hazard pictograms on chemical labels (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Interpretations Hazard warning label requirements.(1910.1048) 09/27/1993National
Guidance Documents Labeling and transfer of chemicals - OSHA Quick Facts Card  National
Interpretations Labeling of Latex [1910.1200] 01/11/1996National
Interpretations Labeling provisions [1910.1200] 02/09/1994National
Interpretations Labeling requirements of hazardous chemicals [1910.1200] 06/14/1993National
Interpretations Labeling requirements with regard to containers of pesticides [1910.1200] 05/08/1991National
Safety Slogans Labels  National
Cartoons Labels (JPG)  National
Cartoons Labels (JPG)  National
Puzzles Labels (PDF)  National
Policies Labels (Word)  National
Interpretations Labels and hazard warnings [1910.1200] 02/02/1994National
Interpretations Lableing requirements for Formaldehyde when used as an insecticide.(1910.1048) 08/09/1993National
Interpretations Letter to Lawrence N. Curcio from Thomas Shepich concerning requirements of the HCS on labeling of IARC category 2B carcinogens [1910.1200] 06/14/1988National
Interpretations Meeting labeling requirements of hazard communication standard for slag wool.[1910.1200(f)] 04/01/1993National
Interpretations National Paint and Coatings Association's (NPCA) Health Effects Labeling Approach [1910.1200] 09/10/1987National
Interpretations NIST labeling of Small Packages [1910.1200] 06/04/2013National
Handouts Old HazCom version--Check the Label for Key Information (PDF) - Spanish  National
Quizzes Old HazCom version--Check the Label for Key Information (PDF) - Spanish  National
Clip Art OSHA GHS Pictogram: Corrosion  National
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