This example of a typical label gives basic information, which alerts you to the dangers and precautions, and gives details about the supplier so you can get further advice. This helps you to identify dangerous chemicals and undertake risk assessments under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (COSHH).

Labels can help you identify the more hazardous chemicals; tell you what the dangers are, and how to avoid them - pass your mouse pointer over the label to see the key information.

Who to contact if needed

This tells you who to contact and how, if there is problem.


These alert you to the main dangers posed by the substance. Not all labels have symbols, but they will contain the brief list of warnings and safety advice


This gives the meaning of the symbol/s.


This section contains an important but brief list of information about the hazards the substance might pose and how to use it safely.


What the product is called

You will need this information if there is a spill or accident


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