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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.
Incoming chemical containers must be labeled with the following:
If you transfer a chemical into a new container, you must label the new container with the following information:
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.
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.
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.