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Hazard Labels: Environment Pictogram
If you work with chemicals, it is important to know how to read the labels on containers and understand what the symbols mean. Labels provide important information about the chemicals you might be exposed to while doing your job – so pay attention to them. Understanding and using this information can lower your risk of injury.

The environment pictogram is a symbol with a black and white image of a dead fish and a dead tree framed by a red diamond. If you see this pictogram on a chemical label, it means that the chemical will injure or harm aquatic organisms, including fish.

When you see this pictogram be careful and follow the precautionary statements on the label, which will likely include a statement to“avoid release into the environment.”  It is important to note that unlike other pictograms, the environment pictogram is not mandatory. This means not all chemicals that are hazardous to marine life will bear the symbol. As a result, always be cautious and take necessary actions to prevent releasing chemicals into the environment.

For chemicals that do bear the pictogram, detailed information about the hazards of the chemical can be found in the hazard statement on the label and in the safety data sheet (SDS).
The SDS will tell you how to safely handle and store the chemical, and what to do in the event of an accidental release. If a release does occur, report it to your supervisor as soon as possible so action can be taken to prevent the chemical from reaching drains, sewers or waterways.

In addition, chemicals that are toxic to the environment often present hazards to people. The SDS should be referenced to determine what personal protective equipment (PPE) to use when working with the chemical and what to do if you or a coworker are exposed.

If you understand and use the information available about hazardous chemicals, you can minimize the risk to yourself and the environment.


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