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Fred Hutch must ensure that incoming chemical containers are labeled properly and that the labels are not defaced or removed. Labels are inspected by Shipping & Receiving upon receipt.

4.1 Preparing New Labels

Incoming chemical containers must be labeled with the following:

  1. The chemical name or trade name (matching the name on the MSDS);
  2. Specific health and physical hazards posed by the chemical; and
  3. The name and address of the manufacturer or other responsible party.

If you transfer a chemical into a new container, you must label the new container with the following information:

  1. Hazardous components and the percentage of each;
  2. Hazard class (flammable, poison, etc.);
  3. Protective equipment (gloves, safety glasses, etc.);
  4. Name of person preparing the label; and
  5. Date of new label.

A good source of labeling information is the original container label or the MSDS. EH&S can provide labels to be completed as needed when transferring chemical(s) to an unlabeled container.

4.2 Unlabeled Containers

If an unlabeled or illegibly labeled container is found and its contents are known, immediately relabel the container. The Material Safety Data Sheet(s) for the chemical(s) will supply the information to determine the hazard class, health hazards and protective measures to be included in relabeling. If the contents are not known, EH&S will have a sample of the solution analyzed for relabeling or disposal.

Pipes carrying a hazardous chemical from a source that is not readily visible must be identified with appropriate labels and warnings. For example, a pipe carrying gas from a compressed gas cylinder to another area must be labeled.

All labels must be legible and in English. If an employee who works in an area where hazardous chemicals are present does not read English, the supervisor in the area must add warning labels or signs in the language of the employee.

4.3 Exempt Items

Pesticides, foods, non-industrial distilled spirits, food additives, color additives, cosmetics, tobacco products, wood products, and wastes are not required to comply with the above labeling requirements.