4-25. WARNING LABELS
a. The Hazard Communication Standard requires the use of hazard warning
labels (Figure 4-2) that include:
(1) The name and identity of the chemical that matches the name and
identity on the MSDS and Hazardous Chemical Inventory.
(2) All appropriate hazard warnings.
b. Labels on containers that leave the workplace must also contain the name
and address of the responsible part. The warning label is often your first source of
information about chemical hazards. The name and identity in the label can be used to
find the right MSDS, where you will find additional information.
Warning labels must be affixed to bags, barrels, bottles, boxes, cans,
cylinders, drums, storage tanks, and other chemical containers. Placards or bin labels
can be used for stationary containers as long as the placard clearly identifies the
containers to which it applies and provides the same information required for any other
type of hazard warning label.
d. The following types of chemicals are exempt from the OSHA labeling
requirement because labeling is required by other federal laws.
(1) Pesticides covered by the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and
Rodenticide Act (MSDSs must be available for pesticides).
(2) Food, food additives, color additives, drugs, cosmetics, and ingredients
in these products covered by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
(3) Distilled spirits, wine, or malt beverages not intended for industrial use
covered by the Federal Alcohol Administration Act. MSDSs must be available if the use
of these products results in worker exposure significantly greater than those of
(4) Consumer products and hazardous substances covered by the
Consumer Product Safety and Federal Hazardous Substances Acts. MSDSs must be
available if the use of these products results in worker exposure significantly greater
than those of consumers.