The National Safety Council recognizes June as National Safety Month, and Alpine is committed to keeping our workplace safe.
According to OSHA, nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by the private industry. In the Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations, Hazard Communication came in at #2. The U.S. has taken steps to align our hazard communication system with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), and June 1, 2016 marked the deadline to update workplace labeling and provide training to employees on the new GHS system.
Each GHS-compliant label must include a signal word, pictogram, and hazard statement. The harmonized signal words are “Danger” and “Warning.” “Danger” is reserved for those compounds with the highest hazard potential, while “Warning” is used for less severe hazards.
Because we work with chemicals, we take hazard communication and labeling very seriously. All of our employees have been trained on the GHS requirements and to understand the dangers of each hazard class and category.
In the photos below, you can see the parts of our GHS labels.
- Signal Word: Danger or Warning, depending on the severity of the hazard.
- Product Identifier: Includes the name of the product.
- Precautionary Statement: Describes how to handle the product.
- Hazard Statement: Describes in words the risks of the product.
- Pictograms: Set of images that represent the type of hazard present, such as Physical, Health, and Environmental hazards.
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