Identifying the specific hazard associated with a chemical greatly reduces chances of misuse by laboratory employees or visitors. Hazardous chemical containers must have the chemical name(s) and hazard identification(s). With respect to identifying containers, storage areas and laboratory entranceways, the following conditions entail hazard identification:
- The PI must ensure that labels on incoming containers of hazardous chemicals for laboratory use are not removed or defaced. Labels contain information on the identity of the chemical in the container and its hazard identification. It is recommended that incoming containers be labeled with the PI's name and date of receipt.
- The PI must ensure that laboratory containers (those containers filled from the original shipping container) of chemicals are labeled.
- The PI must ensure that hazardous chemical storage areas are labeled.
- The PI must ensure that entranceways to laboratory facilities are labeled with the appropriate warning signs.
- The PI must ensure that employees have access to MSDS and are familiar with the risks and safety measures that have to be taken.