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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 [1910.1200(d); 1910.1200(f)(2)] 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
Questions & Answers Can I attach the labels to the wall behind the drums or must the labels be attached to the actual container(s) that holds the product? 04/20/2017National
Training Activities Chemical Label Safety Activity (Word)  National
Interpretations Clarification of the label requirements of the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard [1910.1200(f)] 07/11/1989National
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 labeling requirements under the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard [1910.1200(f)] 11/09/1990National
Interpretations Container labelling requirements [1910.1200] 10/11/1994National
Interpretations CPSC versus HCS 2012 labeling requirements [1910.1200] 05/12/2014National
Interpretations Evaluation of labeling system which was designed to meet the requirements of the HCS [1910.1200(f)] 05/04/1987National
Interpretations Explanation of HCS labeling requirements to the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers [1910.1200(f)] 08/13/1986National
Meetings GHS Labels (Word)  National
Quizzes GHS Labels Quiz (Word)  National
Speaker's Notes GHS vs. NFPA & HMIS Labeling Requirements  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
Toolbox Talks Hazard communication: Workplace labeling for employees  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
Toolbox Talks HazCom: Elements of the GHS-compliant label  National
Toolbox Talks HazCom: Labels: What does the skull and crossbones pictogram mean?  National
Toolbox Talks HazCom: Workplace labeling for supervisors  National
Interpretations HCS on Hazard warnings required on product labels [1910.1200(f)] 03/20/1990National
Interpretations HMIS for meeting labeling requirements of the HCS [1910.1200(f)] 06/11/1987National
Interpretations HMIS use in meeting the in-plant labeling requirements of the HCS [1910.1200(f)] 05/21/1987National
Questions & Answers I have a question on GHS and labeling secondary chemical containers in labs. I know that GHS pictograms you can buy online have a red diamond boarder, black picture on a white background. I know that for secondary chemicals in the labs you are not requir 07/22/2016National
Interpretations Label requirements for crystalline silica [1910.1200(f)] 02/11/1991National
Guidance Documents Labeling and transfer of chemicals - OSHA Quick Facts Card  National
Interpretations Labeling of Formaldehyde-Containing Products Under the Hazard Communication Standard [1910.1200(f)] 09/09/1986National
Interpretations Labeling of Latex [1910.1200] 01/11/1996National
Interpretations Labeling provisions [1910.1200] 02/09/1994National
Interpretations Labeling provisions of the Hazard Communication Standard [1910.1200(f)(6)] 07/25/1991National
Interpretations Labeling requirements for bulk shipments of metallic scrap under the HCS [1910.1200(f); 1910.122(f)(2)] 08/11/1986National
Interpretations Labeling requirements for chemicals transported to another plant of the same company under the HCS [1910.1200(f)] 02/16/1989National
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