Shipped – Primary Container Label Requirements

Sample Label
Sample GHS Label

Under the new HCS 2012, labels on containers shipped from manufacturers or distributors must be labeled, tagged or marked with the following six items:

  • Product Identifier – This should include the chemical identity of the substance.
  • Signal word – Signal words used in GHS are “Danger” and “Warning.” Danger is for the more severe hazard categories.
  • Hazard Statements – This is a phrase assigned to a hazard class and category that describes the nature of the hazards of a hazardous product, and the degree of the hazard.
  • Pictograms – These include symbols plus other elements, such as a border, background pattern or color that conveys specific information.
  • Precautionary statements – These are phrases (and/or pictograms) that describe the recommended measures to minimize or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure to a hazardous product.
  • Supplier identification – This contains the name, address, and telephone number of the manufacturer or supplier of the substance or mixture.