GHS Precautionary Statement

Precautionary statements

Each precautionary statement is designated a code, starting with the letter P and followed by three digits. Statements which correspond to related hazards are grouped together by code number, so the numbering is not consecutive. The code is used for reference purposes, for example to help with translations, but it is the actual phrase which should appear on labels and safety data sheetsSome precautionary phrases are combinations, indicated by a plus sign “+”. In several cases, there is a choice of wording, for example “Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray”: the supplier or regulatory agency should choose the appropriate wording for the product concerned.

Phrases -Describes the recommended measure(s) to minimize or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure to a hazardous substance or mixture due to its use or disposal.

  • Ex: “wear eye protection”. “do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product” or “avoid release to the environment”.
  • Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapors/spray.
  • Wear protective gloves/protective clothing.
  • IF SWALLOWED: Immediately call a POISON CENTER or doctor/ physician.