Container Labels

Container Labels for Solvents

OSHA has adopted new hazardous chemical labeling requirements as a part of its recent revision of the Hazard Communication Standard, 29 CFR 1910.1200 (HCS), bringing it into alignment with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). Precautionary statements may be combined on the label to save on space and improve readability. For example, “Keep away from heat, spark and open flames,” “Store in a well-ventilated place,” and “Keep cool” may be combined to read: “Keep away from heat, sparks and open flames and store in a cool, well-ventilated place.”

container labels

Where a chemical is classified for a number of hazards and the precautionary statements are similar, the most stringent statements must be included on the label. In this case, the chemical manufacturer, importer, or distributor may impose an order of precedence where phrases concerning response require rapid action to ensure the health and safety of the exposed person.

  • The front of a one gallon can of MEK will show the product name and manufacturer. It will also tell the amount of the container.
  • The only safety information on the front is the danger warning at the bottom of the can letting you know that the product is flammable.
  • More information can be found on the back, but employees might be less likely to read that information.

Notice that the 5-gallon bucket of MEK has more safety information.  Safety Pictograms for flammable and acute health hazards. Safety Placard for transportation purposes.