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.
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
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.