In Canada, the legislation stipulates that items used in the workplace meet the standards of classification and dangerous products need labeling. Labels fit the user as the first item on a product when it comes to alerting. Information necessary for everyone to know about tags includes;
When it comes to appropriate use of workplace equipment, all parties involved in the making and usage of a product need to play their part and take responsibility. The responsibility of labeling dangerous products falls on the suppliers as they provide them to customers. The employers in a workplace have to make sure that the workplace acquires items that are safety driven, and should insist on applying workplace labels appropriately whenever they are absent on some of those products. Everyone is responsible for their safety though, as even the workers who use those products in the workplace need to follow precautions of protection to the letter at all times.
2. Types of Labels
There are two main types of labels, mainly workplace labels and supplier labels. A supplier label is given or attached (affixed) by a supplier of a product and appears on all hazardous produces received in a workplace in Canada. In the case where a dangerous product requires a container with a supplier label on it, then no additional tags are needed.
Workplace labels are necessary in case;
• A company produces (makes) hazardous products in its workplace and uses the product in that same workplace.
• Decanting a hazardous product (poured or transferred) into a different container
• In the process of moving product from one place to another, it loses its supplier label, or maybe becomes illegible (unreadable) due to faded ink or destroyed labeling material.
3. Exceptions of safety labels
In other situations, workplace Biohazard labels are not very necessary. These include In the case where the product is for immediate use.
In the case where the product is under the use of the user who decanted it in the first place. If for instance, only one person will make use of a hazardous product, by pouring it into a different container, and the product requires just one shift’s usage, then a complete labeling is not exactly necessary.
A full workplace label is for use whenever a product is not for immediate usage, and that other people shall be in control of the same product.
4. Information to required on a Label
They need to be in English or French, or bilingual as well. Information necessary on a label is;
• Product identifier
• Signal word
• Hazard statements
• Precautionary statements.
All in all, safety labels must not always be necessary, but whenever they are in use, they ensure the safety of all people involved with using a product in the workplace.