As of June 1, 2015, the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) will require pictograms on labels to alert users of the chemical hazards to which they may be exposed. Each pictogram consists of a symbol on a white background framed within a red border and represents a distinct hazard(s). The pictogram on the label is determined by the chemical hazard classification.
What are pictograms?
Generally speaking, a pictogram is a symbol or picture which represents a word or idea. We see pictograms everyday in signs and labels. We are all familiar with the “No Smoking” pictogram posted in public buildings. and the “No diving” signs painted on the decks of swimming pools. The Department of Transportation (DOT) routinely requires labels with pictograms for vehicles carrying hazardous materials.
Carcinogen (Categories 1A, 1B, and 2),
Respiratory Sensitizer Category 1),
Reproductive Toxicity (Categories 1A, 1B, and 2),
Target Organ Toxicity/STOT (Categories 1 and 2),
Mutagenicity (Categories 1A, 1B and 2),
Aspiration Toxicity (Categories 1 and 2)
OSHA does not have jurisdiction over environmental hazards, and the following GHS pictogram will not be covered by OSHA. It may be covered by other agencies once those decisions have been made, and is provided for informational purposes.