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Hazardous substances: Keeping up with labelling standards

Posted: 19 Jan 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:OSHA? Safety Data Sheet? GHS? hazard communication?

This difference in implementation timelines is an example of why a single product might need two different labels depending on its final destination. For the time being, industrial and consumer labels in the US and Canada will continue to differ. By next year, European industrial and consumer labels will follow the same classification and communication scheme.

Oral toxicity is even more complicated, and the scope of this paper does not have the space to show all the conflicting definitions that existed in 2009, but here is the unified definition developed under the GHS. There are different GHS tables for dermal toxicity and three for inhalation, one each for gases, vapours, and dusts and mists. All would have to be examined in creating a new label.

Definitions of flammability

Also, the various shapes of symbols and graphics used for hazard communications are being unified into a single shape and graphic that will be used for both transport and for workplace notification. This will require a change for all EU labels for mixtures, both industrial and consumer, beginning June 1, 2015, and will change Canadian industrial labels by June 1, 2016. The new graphic will be mandatory.

Flammability standard graphics

- Daniel Levine

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