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GHS Labeling: Pictograms

The GHS pictograms are required elements of the GHS label. They provide a visual method for quickly communicating a chemical’s hazards, helping to inform and protect workers as they transport, store and use chemical products.

In almost all GHS countries, the applicable pictograms must appear in a red diamond, and no empty red diamonds may appear on a label. GHS includes specific guidance about when and how certain pictograms should be used with one another.

  • If the Skull and Crossbones symbol is shown, the Exclamation Mark symbol should not be shown.
  • If the Corrosion symbol is shown, the Exclamation Mark symbol should not be shown if the Exclamation Mark was being used for skin and eye irritation.
  • If the Health Hazard symbol is shown for respiratory sensitization, then the Exclamation Mark symbol should not be shown if the Exclamation Mark was being used for skin and eye irritation.

The BarTender GHS sample label template incorporates these business rules. They are built in so that our customers can easily create compliant labels.

Chronic health hazard
  • Aspiration toxicity
  • Carcinogen
  • Mutagenicity
  • Reproductive toxicity
  • Respiratory sensitizer
  • Target organ toxicity
Corrosive
  • Corrosive to metals
  • Corrosive to skin
Environmental hazard
  • Acute aquatic toxicity
  • Chronic aquatic toxicity
Exclamation mark
  • Acute toxicity
  • Dermal sensitizer
  • Irritant
  • Irritation
  • Narcotic effects
  • Respiratory tract
Exploding bomb
  • Explosives
  • Organic peroxides
  • Self reactives
Flame
  • Emits flammable gas
  • Flammables
  • Organic peroxides
  • Pyrophorics
  • Self reactives
  • Self-heating
Flame over circle
  • Oxidizers
Gas cylinder
  • Gases under pressure
Skull
  • Acute toxicity

Seagull Scientific is a proud affiliate of the National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD), the only major manufacturer of labeling, barcoding and RFID software elected to NACD membership. 

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