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What Is Your Pictogram IQ?

OSHA has modified the Hazard Communication Standard to adopt the United Nations' document "Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals" (GHS). The GHS is an international approach to hazard communications based on existing systems around the world.

The document provides harmonized classification criteria for health, physical and environmental hazards of chemicals. The document also requires new standardized labels that all manufacturers must use to label chemical containers.

OSHA decided that, by adopting the GHS, it would improve worker safety and health through more effective communications on chemical hazards.

As of June 1, 2015, the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will require pictograms on labels of chemicals to alert users of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed. There are nine pictograms, 8 of which are mandatory and one that is voluntary.

Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and represents a distinct hazard(s). The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification. Here are the pictograms and their meaning:

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HAZCOM Pictograms

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As an employer, you are required to provide training to your employees on the new OSHA HAZCOM Standards. For their safety and well-being, employees must be trained on how to use - and the hazards of - each chemical that you use in your foodservice operation.

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