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The symbol within the pictogram is a black silhouette of a person’s head and chest with a white star shape spreading out from the center of the chest. This symbol indicates that hazardous products with this pictogram can cause certain health effects for example:
Hazardous products with this pictogram can be safely worked with if proper storage and handling practices are followed.
This pictogram is used by several hazard classes in the health hazard group.
The hazard classes and categories that are assigned this pictogram are:
*For the STOT - single hazard class, Category 3 is assigned the exclamation mark pictogram.
This pictogram is used for a number of very different health hazards, which can result in serious health issues. The health effects may not be obvious right away. Long term health effects such as carcinogenicity (cancer-causing) or respiratory sensitization are included.
The WHMIS 2015 signal words and hazard statements for the hazard classes and categories assigned this pictogram are:
|Hazard Class and Category||Signal Word||Hazard Statement|
|Respiratory sensitization – all categories||Danger||May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled|
|Germ cell mutagenicity – Category 1||Danger||May cause genetic defects*|
|Germ cell mutagenicity – Category 2||Warning||Suspected of causing genetic defects*|
|Carcinogenicity – Category 1||Danger||May cause cancer*|
|Carcinogenicity – Category 2||Warning||Suspected of causing cancer*|
|Reproductive toxicity – Category 1||Danger||May damage fertility or the unborn child*+|
|Reproductive toxicity – Category 2||Warning||Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child*+|
|STOT – single – Category 1||Danger||Causes damage to organs*#|
|STOT – single – Category 2||Warning||May cause damage to organs*#|
|STOT – repeated – Category 1||Danger||Causes damage to organs through repeated or prolonged exposure*#|
|STOT – repeated – Category 2||Warning||May cause damage to organs through repeated or prolonged exposure*#|
|Aspiration hazard – Category 1||Danger||May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways|
* the route of exposure (if inhaled, in contact with skin, if swallowed) may be stated if it is conclusively proven that no other routes of exposure cause the hazard
+ the specific reproductive effect (effects on fertility or effects on the unborn child) may be stated, if known
# all target organs (e.g., liver, kidneys, blood, nervous system) affected may be stated, if known
In addition to the specific hazards identified by the health hazard pictogram, it is important to remember that a product may have other hazards, for example:
ALWAYS check the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) and label for the product that you are working with to ensure that you know what is being used and all of the hazards and precautions associated with the product. Ask questions if you are not sure.