Labelling silver nitrate and silver nitrate solutions

Labelling silver nitrate and silver nitrate solutions: I am labeling some Silver nitrate solution with Gold FFX and saw that it doesn't come up with any Pictograms but says it is harmful to aquatic life.  Shouldn't it have at least the Pictogram depicting this at least, if not the other two that shows up on the Silver nitrate label?

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Publication Date: 02 November 2016
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Labelling silver nitrate and silver nitrate solutions

In brief: The classification for the silver nitrate solid chemical differs from the silver nitrate solution as well as different concentrations of solutions. The hazardous properties of chemicals may diminish as they are diluted and this is reflected in the SDS and the label. It is not mandatory to include information or pictograms for labelling for the environment hazards1. For decanted or transferred hazardous chemicals, there is a minimum requirement to include:

  • the product identifier (name of the chemical), and
  • a hazard pictogram or hazard statement consistent with the correct classification of the chemical2.

The label should be consistent with information in the manufacturer specific SDS. If your label contains the relevant hazard statement(s), it is permissible to have this in place of the hazard pictogram. However the guidance material for small containers allows for any other information that is reasonably practicable to include to convey the relevant hazards. Therefore if there is room, you could add the GHS09 (Environment) pictogram.

Additional information:

If you are labelling a small container or decanted chemicals, there are minimum labelling elements required. For an overview of labelling requirements, see our information sheet: AIS: Labels for school science chemicals. This is based upon the "Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice" which also states the following

                Appendix E – Precedence rules of label elements

Note: It is not mandatory to include information relating to environmental hazard categories on the label of a workplace hazardous chemical. However, this information should be included if a fully GHS-compliant label is desired1

References

1Safe Work Australia. 2011. Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/labelling-hazardous-chemicals-cop, p82.

2Safe Work Australia. 2011. Labelling of Workplace Hazardous Chemicals Code of Practice http://www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au/sites/swa/about/publications/pages/labelling-hazardous-chemicals-cop, p14-15.

Science ASSIST. 2014. AIS: Labels for school science chemicals. Science ASSIST website. https://assist.asta.edu.au/sites/assist.asta.edu.au/files/AIS%20Labels%2...

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