Do You Know The Hazard Communication Pictograms?

All chemicals in the workplace must be properly labeled which includes pictograms showcasing the types of chemical hazards present on those labels. OSHA requires these pictograms to inform any person(s) in contact with that chemical of the type of exposure they risk being vulnerable to. Pictograms provide a quick visual warning of the chemical dangers on each substance with each image having a distinct meaning.

Find the 9 pictograms for the Hazard Communication Standard below along with the hazards they represent.

This image depicts the 9 Pictograms used in the Hazard Communication Standard in the following order: Health hazard, Flame, Skull and crossbone, Exploding bomb, Flames over circle, Exclamation mark, Corrosion, Environment, Gas Cylinder.

Physical Hazards

OSHA defines a physical hazard as a chemical where there is scientific and valid evidence that it is a combustible liquid, compressed gas, flammable, an organic peroxide, explosive, an oxidizer, pyrophoric, unstable (reactive) or water-reactive.

The following hazards below are categorized as physical hazards and are seen on the Hazard Communication Standards pictogram chart. (If you need additional help determining if a chemical can be classified as a physical hazard, that can be found in Appendix B to 29 CFR 1910.1200 РPhysical Hazard Criteria.)

Physical hazards as shown on the 9 pictograms image chart. These are all considered physical hazards: oxidizers, corrosive to metals, environmental, organic peroxides, self-reactives, pyrophorics, explosives, gases under pressure, hazardouse to ozone layer, self-heating, flammables

Health Hazards

OSHA defines a health hazard as a chemical where there is statistically significant evidence based on at least one study conducted that acute or chronic health effects may occur to exposed individuals. These chemicals include toxic or highly toxic agents, reproductive toxins, carcinogens, corrosives, irritants, sensitizers, nephrotoxins, neurotoxins, hepatotoxins, agents that act on the hematopoietic system, and agents that can damage the lungs, skin, eyes, or mucous membranes.

The health hazards listed below can be found on the Hazard Communication Standards pictogram chart.

Health Hazards list created from the pictograms. This list includes carcinogens, mutagenicity, reproductive toxicity, respiratory sensitizer, target organ toxicity, aspiration toxicity, skin sensitizer, irritant (skin and eye), narcotic effects, acute toxicity (harmful), respiratory tract irritant, eye damage, skin corrosion/burns, acute toxicity (fatal or toxic)

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