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Chemical hazard labels are important tools for communicating the hazards of chemicals to workers, consumers, and other people who may be exposed to them.
They are required by law to be on all chemicals that are considered hazardous, and they must include specific information about the hazards of the chemical, as well as precautions to take when handling and storing it. Here’s how to read and understand a chemical hazard label.
Chemical hazard labels are designed to be read in a specific way. Here’s what you should look for first.
In addition to the four core components of a chemical hazard label detailed above, there are additional things to look out for when reading one of these labels. For example, the label may contain additional information, such as the chemical name, the chemical formula, and the first aid measures to be taken in case of exposure.
The label may also be written in multiple languages to provide better universal safety, especially in places where there are multilingual workers coming into contact with the chemical. Finally, the label may be updated from time to time, so it is important to check the date on the label to make sure that you are reading the most recent version.
Here are some additional tips for reading and understanding chemical hazard labels:
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that you use chemicals safely and avoid exposure to the hazards.
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