Oregon Statutes - Chapter 453 - Hazardous Substances; Radiation Sources - Section 453.035 - Standards for labeling of hazardous substances.

(1) The Director of Human Services shall adopt standards for the labeling of hazardous substances. The director may permit or require the use of a recognized generic name or may require the common or usual name or the chemical name, if there is no common or usual name, of the hazardous substance or of each component which the director finds contributes substantially to its hazard.

(2) The director shall require:

(a) The word “Danger” on substances which are extremely flammable, corrosive or highly toxic;

(b) The word “Warning” or “Caution” on other hazardous substances;

(c) An affirmative statement of the principal hazard or hazards, such as “Flammable,” “Combustible,” “Vapor Harmful,” “Causes Burns,” “Absorbed Through Skin,” or similar wording descriptive of the hazard;

(d) Precautionary measures describing the action to be followed or avoided, except when modified by rule of the director pursuant to subsection (4) of this section;

(e) Instruction, when necessary or appropriate, for first-aid treatment;

(f) The word “Poison” for any hazardous substance which is defined as “highly toxic” in ORS 453.005;

(g) Instructions for handling and storage of packages which require special care in handling or storage;

(h) Adequate directions for the protection of children from the hazard if the article is intended for use by children and is not a banned hazardous substance, or the statement “Keep out of the reach of children,” or its practical equivalent, if the article is not intended for use by children; and

(i) The name and place of business of the manufacturer, packer, distributor or seller.

(3) Any statement required by this section must be in the English language, located prominently and in conspicuous and legible type in contrast by typography, layout or color with other printed matter on the label.

(4) If the director finds that, because of the size of the package involved or because of the minor hazard presented by the substance contained therein, or for other good and sufficient reasons, full compliance with the labeling requirements otherwise applicable under ORS 453.005 to 453.135 and 453.990 (2) is impracticable or is not necessary for the adequate protection of the public health and safety, the director may authorize the exemption of such substance from the requirements, to an extent consistent with adequate protection of the public health and safety. [1971 c.409 §5]

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