When preparing to implement a HazCom system in a facility, it is important to learn about the different options. There are multiple different types of HazCom labels and other tools that need to be used in order to maximize safety in the facility. Providing employees with the necessary training on all aspects of a hazardous communications strategy will help them to always know the risks and take the right steps to stay safe.
Types of HazCom Labels
HazCom labels come in several different types. Choosing the one that is needed in a given situation will help ensure that information will be easy to understand, accurate, and understandable by everyone in the area. Some examples of the different types of HazCom labels are:
- Pictograms – Some labels will only have the pictograms on them to indicate the type of risk that a particular chemical has.
- HMIG-HMIS Labels – These labels list the most common types of hazards with a spot to indicate the risk level. There is then a place to indicate what type of personal protection equipment is needed.
- NFPA Labels – In this case there is the popular diamond structure with different types of hazards in each of the four areas. The areas are filled in based on the specifications associated with the chemical in question.
Choosing the right type of label is an important part of any HazCom strategy. Every place where any type of hazardous chemical is kept should have one or more labels on it to convey accurate information right away.
In addition to the labels, a HazCom strategy must have additional information available when it is needed. The labels are intended to quickly convey specific information about the hazards associated with a chemical. In the event that someone needs to get more information about a given chemical, the HazCom system also requires that companies keep Safety Data Sheets (SDS) for every chemical that is used or stored on site.
HazCom vs. GHS
One last thing to note is that when looking at different ‘types’ of HazCom, the topic of GHS (Globally Harmonized System) is sure to come up. Much of HazCom was actually based on GHS, and their standards are quite compatible. GHS is often seen as the global version of HazCom. So, when learning about one, it makes sense to learn about the other.
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