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GHS Labels

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) diamonds or Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) is not consistent with the New Hazard Communication 2012/GHS Standard. Therefore as of June 1, 2016, the HMIS system will no longer be used within the Academic Affairs Laboratories. Remove all HMIS labels from stock and use. 

Secondary containers are not the original containers used by the chemical manufacturer to house their chemicals or products. They are often smaller containers such as spray bottles, jugs or jars. They hold chemicals or products transferred from the manufacturer's original container. These containers are required to have the following information: 

  • GHS Symbols (Hazard Pictogram): First hazard classification is determined; Physical Hazard, Health Hazard, or Environmental Hazard. Then the picture is selected from the classification selected that represents the greatest hazard to the user. 
  • Signal Word: The signal word indicates the hazard level.
  • Hazard Statement: These phrases describe the nature of the hazards associated with the chemical or product. 

Below are templates for the secondary labels that may be downloaded and used on the secondary containers. 

  • Right click on the download link
  • Select 'Save link as...' and save to your files. 

Check your computer for Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. It should be standard on all campus computers. If you do not have this version, request an update from TAC. 

With Adobe Acrobat Pro DC, you may elect to enter the name of the chemical and the information from the SDS Hazard Statements using your computer before you print the label OR you may print the label and enter the information by hand. 

Avery Label Weather Proof White Address Label Size No. of Labels per Sheet Signal Word - Danger Signal Word - Warning No Signal Word
5524 3 1/3 x 4 inches 6 Download Download Download
5523 2 x 4 inches 10 Download Download Download
5522  1 1/3 x 4 inches 14 Download Download Download
5520 1 x 2 5/8 inches  30 Download Download Download

For instruction on which signal word to use, which pictogram to select, and what information should be included on the new GHS labels, consult the chemical's safety data sheet.