Safety Labels & Signs

Safety Labels & Signs are the cornerstone of GHS compliance. The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international system that the United Nations created for the unified classification and labelling of chemicals.

With an emphasis on consistency and comprehension of chemical labels, it is important to know what goes into a GHS label for primary and secondary containers.

Labelling Requirements

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Primary Container Labelling

Primary chemical containers are the bags, barrels, bottles, boxes, cans, cylinders and drums that you receive from the manufacturer. These containers should be labeled following the GHS mandates per the GHS label example above and include all six labelling elements.

When a label is on a container directly from a supplier, this label cannot be removed, altered or defaced. If it needs to be replaced, the new label must contain the same information as the original.

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Secondary Container Labeling

Secondary containers are usually smaller than primary containers and could include spray bottles, jugs, or jars. These containers usually hold chemicals that are transferred from a primary container. Secondary containers must comply with GHS labeling requirements except when the following criteria are met:

  • The material is used within the work shift of the individual who makes the transfer
  • The worker who made the transfer is in the work area the entire time during use
  • The container stays within the work area and in the possession of the worker who filled the container