Headstart on SAFETY

It’s not until June 1, 2015, but 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.

QUIZ – See if you can choose a correct “alert” for each Pictogram to the left…

a. Pacemaker Hazard

b. Carcinogen

c. Have Some Heart

d. Live Ammunition



a. Fire Hazard

b. Self-Heating

c. Emits Flammable Gas

d. All the above




a. Wow

b. Obstruction to Path

c. Hazard Above

d. Narcotic Effects



a. Firecrakers Allowed

b. Gases under Pressure


d. No Glass Allowed



a. Wash Hands Before Touching

b. Corrosive to Metals

c. Laboratory Entrance

d. All of the above




a. Explosives

b. Organic peroxides

c. End of the World!

d. a.or b.



a. Open Flames

b. Horror Film

c. Oxidizers

d. Free Blow Dry



a. Acute Toxicity -Fatal

b. Rock On!

c. Acute Toxicity -Toxic

d. a. and c.

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  1. b. Carcinogen is just one of the alerts represented by the pictogram. At least ammo kills quickly.
  2. d. All of the above plus 2 more.
  3. d. Narcotic effects, among others.
  4. b. Gasses under pressure. The single alert of this pictogram.
  5. b. Corrosive to metals among others.
  6. d. is correct. Either explosives or organic peroxides can warrant this alert – in addition to self-reactives.
  7. c. Oxidizers is the single alert intended for this pictogram. The primary hazard associated with this class of compounds lies in their ability to act as an oxygen source, and thus to readily stimulate the combustion of organic materials. It takes three components for a fire to happen – a fuel source (usually an organic compound, such as paper), an ignition source (such as a flame, a spark, friction, etc.) and an oxygen source. A cylinder of Oxygen is an example of a strong oxidizer.
  8. d. a and c. Acute Toxicity (Fatal or Toxic) applies to this pictogram.


5-8 Correct : Your business has a safe crew through 2016

3-5 Correct: You got some studying to do, Lucy

1-3 Correct: Your mind’s just not on safety, dude…

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