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GHS Container Labels


Manufacturers must label hazardous chemical containers with information that includes potential safety hazards and handling requirements. This example shows information included on labels.

Labeling of secondary containers such as laboratory bottles and vials will be discussed later in this course.

Label Parts

Working our way from the top to the bottom of the label in order:

Product identifier –The product identifier includes the name of the product.

Pictogram – The pictogram is a symbol that illustrates the type of hazard the chemical presents.  Below are all nine of the current pictogram options.

Signal word – There are two possible signal words, ‘Danger’ and ‘Warning’. Danger indicates more severe hazards and warning indicates less severe hazards.

Hazard statement – One or more statements assigned to each hazard class and category that describe the chemical’s dangers.

Precautionary statements – Includes recommended measures to minimize exposure to the product.

Supplier identification - Includes the manufacturer’s name and contact information, such as an address.



Pictogram Meanings

Study the nine GHS pictograms shown here. A pictogram may represent more than one hazard. Although pictograms are designed to provide visual awareness, you will need to read the safety data sheet for a thorough understanding of the hazards.






Drake Public Safety
     emergency 811

Drake Public Safety, 
    non-emergency - 515-271-2222

- Des Moines police, fire, ambulance,
     emergency - 911
-  Des Moines police,
     non-emergency 9-283-4811
- American Republic Student 
  Health Center  
- Employee Assistance Program
Title IX

(These contacts are all relative to being dialed on campus)


Emergency Procedures

Emergency Procedures Manual