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LancBob  
#1 Posted : 07 February 2019 13:12:16(UTC)
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LancBob

Hi,

Need to put some signage on labs that contain carcinogens / mutagens and wondered what was the best one to use:

a) GHS serious health hazard symbol

or...

b) Carcinogen safety symbol ()

Any suggestions would be greatly apprecaited.

Thanks

Edited by user 07 February 2019 13:17:20(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

Roundtuit  
#2 Posted : 07 February 2019 13:28:37(UTC)
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Roundtuit

GHS08 Health Hazard as that will reflect the labels attached to substances and mixtures and is easy to comprehend for those not directly involved with CMR materials

After all the whole point of GHS is universally recogonisable signange

Scanning ISO 7010 the closest warning signs are

W009 - Biological Hazard

W016 - Toxic Material

Edited by user 07 February 2019 13:33:09(UTC)  | Reason: added ISO equivalents

LancBob  
#3 Posted : 07 February 2019 13:37:37(UTC)
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LancBob

Thanks for the reply, we already the ISO biohazard symbol so wouldn't want to confuse matters, while the GHS would reflect our COSHH assessments and chemical container labelling.

A Kurdziel  
#4 Posted : 08 February 2019 09:36:23(UTC)
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A Kurdziel

I’ve worked in labs and the like for far too many years and I have never seen the ‘carcinogen’ sign. What is the point of putting up a sign which nobody knows the meaning of?  Myself I would put up a simple yellow triangle with an exclamation mark and the phrase ‘Warning Carcinogens Present’.  There should also be a mandatory/prohibition signs telling people what special precautions the need to follow  above and beyond the normal lab ones like don’t eat and drink and wash your hands before you leave.

Carcinogens are definitely not a biological hazard (That’s reserved for microorganisms)

grim72  
#5 Posted : 08 February 2019 12:28:03(UTC)
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grim72

Pretty sure ths is the correct image to display for carcingoens?

A Kurdziel  
#6 Posted : 08 February 2019 16:07:28(UTC)
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A Kurdziel

Originally Posted by: grim72 Go to Quoted Post

Pretty sure ths is the correct image to display for carcingoens?


This is not a workplace sign this the sign that is required on a product label under CLP. 

Kate  
#7 Posted : 10 February 2019 17:12:42(UTC)
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Kate

Plus the "exploding chest" label isn't used only for carcinogens but also for other hazardous substances such as respiratory sensitisers, so it doen't tell you the stuff is carcinogenic.

Me neither on the "carcinogen" symbol shown above - never seen that in my life before!

I agree with A Kurdziel's suggestion.

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