Labelling of Decanted Chemicals - OHS Information Sheet

October 2016

The following is guidance on the requirements for the labelling of decanted chemicals at Monash University. With the introduction of the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) for labelling, it is preferable that all decanted chemicals are labelled according to these requirements.

These are the minimum requirements for labelling of decanted chemicals. For chemicals that are deemed high risk, the more descriptive labelling provided within Chemwatch should be used.

Small Containers

If containers cannot be labelled in this fashion due to their size, then a reference number should be attached to the container. This reference number should correspond to a reference document that is accessible in the lab that contains the list of chemicals and their hazards.

Time sensitive chemicals

Chemicals that are time sensitive should have the date the chemical was decanted and the date of expiry on the label. Stock chemicals should be labelled with the date the container was received.


  • In the absence of GHS labelling, Australian Dangerous Goods (ADG) class labels may be used.
  • Containers that are to be used immediately during an experiment do not require labelling.