Hazard Labels on Cleaning Cheminals

March 19, 2015


If you or someone you know has ingested a substance with any of the warning labels below, call  911 or your local poison control centre immediately!


Here's what those labels actually mean, according to Government Canada:


The  picture  tells you the  type of danger :

  • The container can explode if heated or punctured. Flying pieces of metal or plastic from the container can cause serious injury, especially to your eyes.
  • The product can burn your skin or eyes. If swallowed, it can damage your throat and stomach.
  • The product or its fumes will catch fire easily if it is near heat, flames, or sparks. Rags used with this product may begin to burn on their own.
  • If you swallow, lick, or in some cases, breathe in the chemical, you could become very sick or die.

2. Hazard symbol frames

The  shape of the frame  around the hazard symbol tells you  what part of the product is dangerous :

  • If it's a  triangle , it means the  container  is dangerous.
  • If it's an  octagon , it means the  contents  are dangerous.

3. Signal words

The signal word(s) underneath the hazard symbol explain the  degree of risk :

Symbol -  


Signal words:

  • CAUTION  means temporary injury may result. Death may occur with extreme exposure.
  • DANGER  means may cause temporary or permanent injury, or death.
  • EXTREME DANGER  means exposure to very low amounts may cause death or serious injury.


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