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The purpose of the label is to easily identity the product, its hazards and precautionary measures. All containers of hazardous materials are required to have a label.
There are three types of labels:
Before a container is shipped, the supplier is required to affix a supplier label to identify the hazardous material.
Seven pieces of information are required if volumes are greater than 100 millilitres:
Example of A "Supplier Label"
The "supplier label" must be shown in English and French and it must have the distinctive hatched border.
Many times, an employer will purchase products in bulk and decant them to smaller, more manageable containers i.e. bleach. A “workplace label” is required when a controlled product is put into another container, on all hazardous substances produced by employers in the workplace and when a supplier label has been removed or is unreadable.
The employer is responsible for affixing workplace labels to these containers. The label requires three pieces of information:
The label does not require a hatched border, hazard symbols or special wording.
A controlled product that is intended for laboratory use only, does not need a supplier label if it meets these conditions:
If you work in a laboratory setting, you will get job-specific applications of WHMIS guidelines.
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