Products can have all sorts of customized labels, but when it comes to chemical labels, the rules and regulations are clearly defined and must be followed with careful compliance. GHS labels are used for chemical labels when hazardous or dangerous compounds are present. GHS stands for Global Harmonized System of Clarification and Labeling of Chemicals. While the rules and regulations do vary slightly from country to country, this global system ensures that wherever your labels end up in the world, the information on them about potential hazards can be somewhat understood.
To follow the GHS labels rules, chemical labels need 6 basic components:
- Product identifier: This should include the chemicals or hazardous ingredients in your product. It may also include a code number or batch number.
- Supplier identification: This includes the name, address and telephone number of the supplier in case communication is needed.
- Signal word: If there is a severe hazard, the word “danger” is used. If there is a less severe hazard, the word “warning” is used.
- Hazard pictogram: These pictograms are useful for products that may ship internationally. The symbols are surrounded by a red border and more than one can be used as needed.
- Hazard statement: These standardized statements communicate the degree of danger and potential symptoms indicating exposure.
- Precautionary statements: These include how to prevent exposure, how to respond in case of exposure, how to store the chemical and how to dispose safely of the chemical.
Chemical labels, including GHS labels are a critical element for keeping everyone safe. Here at PrimeSourceOPC, we can make sure your chemical labels are compliant.