Are GHS pictograms and hazard labels the same?

The GHS, or Globally Harmonized System, uses a set of nine different pictograms to represent different hazards related to chemicals. This system is used around the world to help communicate the dangers so that employees and others in the area can respond to them properly. Most people have even seen the GHS pictograms on the back of trucks while they are transporting hazardous chemicals. These pictograms are typically applied to chemical containers, shipping containers, and trucks, using a hazard labeling system.

Hazard Labels

Hazard labels are used by the GHS system in many situations. While there are many different types of hazard labels out there, which means that they aren’t always the same as GHS pictograms, they can be used by this system. When a company is creating, storing, or shipping dangerous chemicals, they need to make sure that the GHS pictogram is clearly displayed. This is most often done using some type of hazard label.

A large number of companies use an industrial label printer to create the exact hazard labels, with GHS approved pictograms, quickly and easily. This allows the company to produce the exact number and type of labels they need, when they need them, so they are always in compliance with the area regulations.

Not All GHS Pictograms are Hazard Labels

It is likely that the majority of all GHS pictograms are printed on some type of hazard label. This is because a labeling system is very affordable, and can create labels that will last for years. There are times, however, when a GHS label isn’t going to be the best solution. For example, large semi-trucks that move hazardous chemicals often have to change which pictograms are listed for each trip based on what they are currently carrying. In this situation, using a metal GHS pictogram diamond that can be adjusted as needed makes much more sense. So, while GHS pictograms are commonly printed on hazard labels, they are not the same thing.


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