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MAY 2015

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44 MAY 2015 COATINGSPROMAG.COM program to ensure that it is consistent with the HazCom 2012 requirements. At a minimum, it may need to be updated (e.g., add or delete chemicals from the list in the program or change your description of the approach to workplace labeling). 3. Ensure All Containers Are Labeled Labels are the frst part of HazCom 2012's three-part approach. A label must be on the immediate container of every hazardous chemical. Te label is an immediate type of warning, since it is present in the work area on the actual container of a hazardous chemical. It is a snapshot of the hazards and protec- tive information related to the chemical and a summary of the more detailed information available on the SDS. Te label requirements in the HCS changed signifcantly with the publica- tion of HazCom 2012. Under the prior standard, chemical manufacturers and importers were required to convey the hazards and identity of the products but were not given specifcations on how this was to be done. As a result, labels varied in terms of how the information was conveyed, how the terminology was used, and how the label was designed. Tis made it more difcult for employers and employees to access and compre- hend the information presented than if chemical manufacturers and importers followed the same approach. Te label requirements for the revised standard are more specifc, which should lead to increased unifor- mity. Tis should beneft you and your employees by providing the information in standardized language and graphics, making it easier to understand and helping to ensure that labels on contain- ers of the same chemical from diferent suppliers have the same information. HazCom 2012 requires that chemi- cal manufacturers and importers convey the information once they have deter- mined the hazard of a chemical. Te labels must have the following informa- tion located together (other information may also appear on the label): • Product identifier: Any chemi- cal — common or trade name or designation — that the chemical manufacturer or importer chooses to use on the label. The term must also appear on the SDS. • Signal word: A word used to indicate the relative level of severity of hazard and alert the reader to a potential hazard on the label. The signal words used in the standard are "danger" and "warning." "Danger" is used for the more severe hazards, while "warning" is used for the less severe hazards. Signal words were not previously used in the HCS. • Hazard statement(s): A statement assigned to a hazard class and category that describes the nature of the hazard(s) of a chemical, includ- ing, where appropriate, the degree of hazard (e.g., "Fatal if swallowed."). • Pictogram(s): A composition that may include a symbol plus other graphic elements, such as a border, background pattern, or color, that is intended to convey specific informa- tion about the hazards of a chemical. Eight pictograms are designated under this standard for application to a hazard category. Under HazCom 2012, pictograms are black symbols on a white background with a red diamond border. They convey infor- mation without text, which allows users who are either literate in a different language than that used on the label or who are illiterate to under- stand that the chemical is hazardous. • Precautionary statement(s): A phrase that describes recommended measures that should be taken to minimize or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure to a hazard- ous chemical or improper storage or handling (e.g., "Do not eat, drink, or L ab el s ar e the fir s t p ar t o f Ha z Com 2012's thr ee - p ar t ap p r oach. A lab el mus t b e on the im m e diate container o f ever y ha z ar dous chemical . Standard Sections of the Safety Data Sheet Section Title Section Title 1 Product Identification 9 Physical & Chemical Properties 2 Hazard(s) Identification 10 Stability & Reactivity 3 Information on Ingredients 11 Toxicological Information 4 First-Aid Measures 12* Ecological Information 5 Firefighting Measures 13* Disposal Considerations 6 Accidental Release Mesasures 14* Transport Information 7 Handling & Storage 15* Regulatory Information 8 Personal Protective Equipment 16 Other Information *OSHA does not enforce these sections, since other Agencies regulate them. Safety Watch

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