Pictogram Requirements

Posted by Dave on April 04, 2013
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The Hazard Communication Standard will require pictograms be included on labels for hazardous chemicals begining June 1st, 2015.The pictogram required on a label is determined by the chemical hazard classification.

HCS Pictogram and Hazards:

 Health HazardHealth Hazard

  • Carcinogen
  • Mutagenicity
  • Reproductive Toxicity
  • Respiratory Sensitizer
  • Target Organ Toxicity
  • Aspiration Toxicity



  • Flammables
  • Pyrophorics
  • Self-Heating
  • Emits Flammable Gas
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides


hcicon3Exclamation Mark

  • Irritant (skin and eye)
  • Skin Sensitizer
  • Acute Toxicity
  • Narcotic Effects
  • Respiratory Tract Irritant
  • Hazardous to Ozone Layer (Non-Mandatory)


hcicon4Gas Cylinder

  • Gases Under Pressure



  • Skin Corrosion/Burns
  • Eye Damage
  • Corrosive to Metals


hcicon6Exploding Bomb

  • Explosives
  • Self-Reactives
  • Organic Peroxides


hcicon7Flame Over Circle

  • Oxidizers



  • Non-manditory
  • Aquatic Toxicity


hcicon9Skull and Crossbones

  • Acute Toxicity (fatal or toxic)

For more information refer to the OSHA Quick Card on Hazard Communication Standard Pictogram.

HCS to GHS, What’s next?

Posted by Dave on March 29, 2013
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Q: What is the next step in the transition from the old Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to the revised Hazard Communication Standard brought in alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classifications and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)?

A:Training. By December 1st, 2013 all employers must have trained their workers on the new label elements and the SDS format.

Q: What’s involved in the training?

A: Training on label elements must include information on:

  1. Type of information an employee would expect to see on the new labels, including the Product identifier, Signal word, Pictogram, Hazard statement or statements, Precautionary statement or statements, as well as the Name, address and phone number of the chemical manufacturer, distributor, or importer.
  2. How an employee would use the labels in the workplace.
  3. How the elements work together on a label.


Training on the format of the SDS (formerly MSDS) must include information on:

  1. The standardized 16-section format and the type of information found in the 16 sections.
  2. How the information on the label is related to the SDS.

This information as well as tools to help employers with the training can be found  on this OSHA Fact Sheet. http://www.osha.gov/Publications/OSHA3642.pdf

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konnun, LLC – MSDS Compliance

Posted by Dave on March 17, 2013
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Konnun.com, ads appearing to the right of most pages, offers a simple managed solution to MSDS Compliance for most small to medium sized businesses.

The solution consists of an eBinder that gives 24/7 access to the MSDS for any chemical on site at your business. After you conducting a simple site survey your MSDS Administrator, provided as part of the service, locates the current MSDS for all chemicals on site, uploads them to your eBinder, then keeps them up to date for you. You also have the opportunity to purchase hard copies of your binder at any time to provide access for employees that don’t have internet access while on the job.

Your MSDS Administrator is also available by email or phone to work with you to make sure you understand your responsibilities under the Hazard Communication Standard and have everything you need to comply.

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MSDS Search

Posted by Dave on March 17, 2013
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workersrighttoknow.com has over 200,000 MSDSs in their index. The search engine returns links to MSDSs all over the internet that have all been verified by real live human beings as actual MSDSs.

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UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS)

Posted by Dave on May 25, 2012
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The Hazard Communication Standard text, 1910.1200, has been updated to align with the UN Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), Revision 3, issued in the Federal Register, March 26, 2012.