The major components in identifying a chemical are the following:
- Manufacturer Label
- Name of the chemical; if the chemical consists of more than one product, the composition and the percentage of all of its products should be listed
- Warning of the hazards associated with the chemical; the warnings are in a form of a symbol or a sign
- Name and address of the manufacturer
- NFPA Diamond Label
- Helps identify the properties of the chemical
- Blue indicates health hazard associated with a chemical
- Red indicates flammability of a chemical
- Orange indicates reactivity or the physical hazard of the chemical
- White indicates what personal protective equipment (PPE) should be used when working with this chemical
- Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS)
- Provides physical and chemical properties of the chemical
- Health hazards associated with the chemical
- Procedures to follow in an event of a spill
- Disposal procedures
To ensure safety all of the chemicals used in the work area should be properly labeled to avoid injuries/accidents.
If you have questions regarding a chemical or if no information is available for a chemical please contact Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) at 646-NYP-SAFE.
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