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Understanding Global Harmonization System GHS for Product Labels

7/16/2019 (Permalink)

GHS hazard pitogram and related hazards

The restoration process can be a dirty business.  All in a days work a SERVPRO Technician can encounter grease, grime, black water, sewage and even biohazards and bodily fluids.  As part of our safety program we ensure that all of the products we use on the job site are properly labeled and marked according tot he GHS labeling system.

OSHA and other regulatory agencies require that SERVPRO offices keep Safety Data Sheets (SDS) on hand for all of the products we use during cleanup and restoration projects.

GHS was designed as an international labeling system to ensure that all consumers can easily identify potential hazards in solutions, cleaning products and chemicals.  The GHS is comprised of 9 symbols, the meaning of GHS symbols is as follows:

  • Corrosion: skin corrosion/burns, eye damage, corrosive to metals.

  • Environment: aquatic toxicity.

  • Exclamation: irritant (eye/skin), skin sensitizer, acute toxicity, narcotic effects, respiratory tract irritant, hazardous to ozone layer (non-mandatory).

  • Exploding Bomb: explosive, self-reactives, organic peroxides.

  • Flame: flammables, pryophorics, self-heating, emits flammable gas, self-reactives, organic-peroxides.

  • Flame Over Circle: oxidizing gases, oxidizing liquids, oxidizing solids.

  • Gas Cylinder: gases under pressure.

  • Health Hazard: carcinogen, mutagenicity, reproductive toxicity, respiratory sensitizer, target organ toxicity, aspiration toxicity.

  • Skull and Crossbones: acute toxicity (fetal or toxic).

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