Supplier Labels

When reading a supplier label, look for consistency between the information elements. Does the hazard pictogram(s) match the risk phrases, and the information on the SDS? Are the precautions and first-aid measures consistent with the hazards? If you have questions, ask your supervisor to contact the supplier. (See the following table for instruction on how to read the label.)

Supplier labels must be bilingual (English/French), easy to read, and durable. If the label is lost, damaged or no longer readable, ask your supervisor to identify the contents and create a workplace label before using the product.


The hatched border previously used by WHMIS 1988 is no longer required.

How to read a Supplier Label - Example

This is an example of what a Supplier Label could look like. It is divided into 6 different sections. Blow is information on what each of those 6 sections contains.

Identifier on Supplier Label Information
1: Product Identifier The product name is exactly as it appears on the container and on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS).
2: Hazard Pictogram The hazard pictogram(s) that appears on the supplier label is very important. It provides you with information about the primary hazard posed by a product. It also indicates whether the product is dangerous to touch or breathe, is easily combustible, unstable or reacts negatively (when mixed) with other materials. Look for a pictogram that is framed by a red square set on a point. The exception is the biohazard pictogram which is in a round black border.
3: Signal Word Danger or Warning are used to emphasize hazards and indicate the severity of the hazard.
4: Hazard Statements Brief standardized statements of all hazards based on the hazard classification of the product. E.g., Fatal if inhaled.
5: Precautionary Statements Brief descriptions of essential precautions, specific protective equipment, and emergency measures. First-aid is included in the Precautionary Statements and includes immediate steps to be taken by trained first-aiders at the scene of an incident.
6: Supplier Identifier The company which made or packaged the product and is responsible for the label and SDS information. Ask your supervisor to contact the supplier for additional information on the product.

The pictogram(s), signal word and hazard statement(s) must be grouped together on a label.