Environmental Health & Safety Laboratory Signage Program

Overview

Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S) and Facilities Operations have worked together to improve worker protection, emergency response, and security for laboratories using a laboratory notification and warning sign. The goals of the Laboratory Signage Program are to:

  1. Protect human health and safety.
  2. Protect research.
  3. Identify what types of personal protective equipment and information are needed before entering the laboratory to protect oneself or the research in the laboratory.
  4. Provide a flexible program that customizes a laboratory entrance sign for each type of lab that can be updated as the hazards in the lab change.

To create a sign you must be a registered user.
To register or sign in, click here.

After you have registered, please wait for EH&S to contact you and approve you as a user. Once you are approved, use the same link above to sign in to the program.

Laboratory sign information should be reviewed and updated annually.

Training and assistance in using the Laboratory Signage Program are available through EH&S. If you have any questions about the program please contact Environmental Health and Safety by phone at 335-3041.

Program Changes as a Result of New Hazard Communication Standard

The Laboratory Signage Program has been updated to reflect recent changes to Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 296-901, Hazard Communication. This standard has been aligned with the Globally Harmonized System of classifying and labeling chemicals, or GHS for short. Specifically, the standard establishes new symbols called pictograms, which are required on chemical labels and Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

These new pictograms are now included in the Laboratory Signage Program. While you may be familiar with some of the pictograms, others are brand new or may be unfamiliar to some people. Some of the pictograms represent one type of chemical hazard (e.g. acute toxicity) while others represent multiple hazards (e.g. carcinogen, mutagen, reproductive toxicity, etc.).

To aid users of the Laboratory Signage Program and assure that appropriate information is displayed on the signs, a description of what the pictograms represent has been placed below. You can also access a printable PDF version of this information by clicking here.

Pictograms and Hazards

Health Hazard
Health Hazard Pictogram
Carcinogen
Respiratory Sensitizer
Reproductive Toxicity
Target Organ Toxicity
Mutagenicity
Aspiration Toxicity
Flame
Flame Pictogram
Flammables
Self-Reactives
Pyrophorics
Self-Heating
Emits Flammable Gas
Organic Peroxides
Exclamation Mark
 Exclamation Mark Pictogram
Irritant
Skin Sensitizer
Acute Toxicity (harmful)
Narcotic Effects
Respiratory Tract Irritant
Gas Cylinder
Gas Cylinder Pictogram
Gases Under Pressure
Corrosion
Corrosion Pictogram
Skin Corrosion/Burns
Eye Damage
Corrosive to Metals
Exploding Bomb
Exploding Bomb Pictogram
Explosives
Self-Reactives
Organic Peroxides
Flame Over Circle
Flame Over Circle Pictogram
Oxidizers
Environment*
Environment Pictogram
Aquatic Toxicity
Skull and Crossbones
Skull and Crossbones Pictogram
Acute Toxicity (fatal/severe)

* Non-Mandatory Under WAC 296-901, Hazard Communication.

How do I:

Signage Program Tips

The business hours phone number should be the Principal Investigator’s (PI) office number.

The emergency contact numbers should be phone numbers where the person can in most instances, be reached any time of the day. This will most likely be a cell phone. There should be at least two emergency contacts and one of those should always be the PI. Emergency contacts should be lab members with sufficient knowledge of the chemicals, equipment and processes in that specific lab so they can provide this valuable information in an emergency situation to responders if necessary. Beside the PI, these individuals will usually be lab managers or post-docs.

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