- Read the label: Products labeled, corrosive, flammable, reactive or toxic, are hazardous. The level of hazard is indicated by signal words: Caution is the lowest hazard level, followed by Warning. Danger or Poison signals the highest hazard level.
- Select the least-hazardous product to do the job. Many products are available in forms that are free of toxic and hazardous effects.
- Read the directions before purchase to make sure you understand the proper use of the product.
- Purchase in small quantities that you will use completely. These products tend to be stored for long periods of time when not used up, increasing the potential for spills and exposure.
WHY? Choosing the least hazardous material in small quantities can reduce or hopefully eliminate having to manage leftover product as HHW.