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Identify Hazardous Chemical

As a manager how do I identify hazardous chemicals?

The main sources of information regarding hazards can be found on the container label and within the Safety Data Sheet (SDS).

What information is on a label?

It provides the name, address, telephone number of the supplier, product identifiers and where applicable, hazard pictograms, hazard statements, precautionary statements and supplemental information. 

Chemical Label

Ref: HSA - Your steps to chemical safety

What information is on a Safety Data Sheet?

An SDS for each chemical must be made available by the manufacturer.  In some HSE areas, the SDS may be provided through the local Stores department.

The SDS provides useful information on the chemical hazards, advice on safe handling, use, storage, and the emergency measures to be followed in case of an accident.

This information is required to complete a risk assessment. 


Hazard Pictograms: Since June 2017, the following hazard pictograms are in place

Pictogram Description Symbol
CLP Gas under pressure Gas under pressure Gas cylinder
CLP Explosive Explosive Exploding bomb
CLP Oxidising Oxidising Flame over circle
CLP Flammable Flammable Flame
CLP Corrosive Corrosive Corrosion
CLP Health Hazard

Health hazard/

Hazardous to the ozone layer

Exclamation Mark
CLP Acute Toxicity Acute toxicity Skulls and Crossbones
CLP Serious Health Hazard Serious health hazard Health hazard
CLP Hazardous to the environment Hazardous to the environment Environment

 Ref: European Chemicals Agency 

For information on Hazard Statements and Precautionary Statements, see please refer to  HSA CLP Poster

See "Identify the Risks" for advice on the next stage of the process.