Workplace Label Templates for Commonly Used Chemicals

The following workplace label templates have been formatted to print on Avery 60506 labels. Download and save the relevant .pdf documents, then open them in Adobe and print. (Do not print from your web browser.) Each template will print 12 identical labels on one sheet.

*Prior to using any of these templates, compare the information on the Safety Data Sheet (SDS) for your chemical to the workplace label template to ensure that the information matches.

  1. Make sure that the name of the chemical on the SDS matches the name on the workplace label exactly.
  2. Make sure that the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (section 8) on the SDS matches what is indicated on the workplace label.
  3. Make sure that the safe handling precautions (section 7) on the SDS match what is indicated on the workplace label.

If a workplace label template for the chemical(s) you are decanting is not listed below, contact the WHMIS Compliance Officer or design your own label(s) using Avery’s free Design and Print Online software. Alternatively, download the U of T Workplace Label Template, type in the relevant information and print on Avery 60506 labels.

If you decant a hazardous chemical at a concentration of 100% into a secondary container, you can use the chemical name only on the workplace label. If you decant and dilute a hazardous chemical in water,  indicate the final concentration of the chemical on the workplace label. If you dilute the chemical being decanted in a solution that contains other non-hazardous components, indicate that the solution contains the relevant concentration of the hazardous chemical. Note that the workplace label for the hazardous chemical can be separate from the label indicating what the solution is (e.g., “10X Running Buffer”).


Acetic Acid (Glacial)
By Percentage (v/v)
30% Acetic Acid
10% Acetic Acid
5% Acetic Acid
3% Acetic Acid
0.4% Acetic Acid
By Molarity
5 M Acetic Acid
2 M Acetic Acid
1 M Acetic Acid
0.2 M Acetic Acid


80% Acetonitrile
Acetonitrile-Containing Solutions
Acetonitrile with 0.01% Formic Acid
80% Acetonitrile with 0.1% Trifluoroacetic Acid

30% Acrylamide/Bis-Acrylamide 37.5:1


This solution contains Ammonia and Ammonium Chloride

Ammonium Acetate
5 M Ammonium Acetate

Ammonium Hydroxide
1 M Ammonium Hydroxide

Ammonium Sulfate

Basic Fuchsin
3% Basic Fuchsin in 95% Ethanol

Bio-Rad Protein Assay Reagent

It is not sufficient to label decanted/diluted bleach as “bleach” or “1:10 bleach”. Bleach can be purchased with different concentrations of sodium hypochlorite ranging from 2% to 12%. Instead, label your secondary container with the final concentration of sodium hypochlorite. For example, if the bleach you use in your lab has 3% sodium hypochlorite (check the bottle or the SDS to determine the concentration) and you dilute it 1:10, then your workplace label should indicate “0.3% sodium hypochlorite”. If the bleach you use in your lab has 10% sodium hypochlorite and you dilute it 1:10, then your workplace label should indicate “1% sodium hypochlorite”. Print out the template below and write in the correct concentration of sodium hypochlorite.
% Sodium Hypochlorite



Chloroform-Containing Solutions

1:1 Ethanol:Chloroform
1:1 Phenol:Chloroform

% Cobalt Chloride in 1% Hydrochloric Acid

Coomassie Blue Destaining Solution

Coomassie Blue Stain

Crystal Violet
1% Crystal Violet

10% Dettol


Diethyl Ether
Diethyl Ether-Containing Solutions
This solution contains 30% Diethyl Ether and 70% Ethanol

This solution contains N,N-Dimethylformamide


Eco Wash ACD

0.5 M EDTA
0.25 M EDTA
0.2 M EDTA
0.1 M EDTA

95% Ethanol
90% Ethanol
75% Ethanol
70% Ethanol
50% Ethanol
35% Ethanol

Ethylene Glycol

Eriochrome Black T
1% Eriochrome Black T in Ethanol

10% Formalin
Formalin Solution, Neutral, Buffered

0.1% Glutaraldehyde

Hydrochloric Acid
1 M Hydrochloric Acid
2 M Hydrochloric Acid
5 M Hydrochloric Acid
6 M Hydrochloric Acid
37% Hydrochloric Acid
3% Hydrochloric Acid in 70% Ethanol

1 M Imidazole
0.5 M Imidazole

Isopropyl Alcohol
99% Isopropyl Alcohol
70% Isopropyl Alcohol

2X Laemmli Sample Buffer

Liquid Nitrogen
This workplace label is formatted to print on 8.5″ x 11″. Laminate it or place it in a plastic sleeve, then affix it to tanks/dewars containing liquid nitrogen.
Nitrogen, Refrigerated Liquid

90% Methanol
20% Methanol
This solution contains 20% Methanol


Nitric Acid
5% Nitric Acid

2% Paraformaldehyde
4% Paraformaldehyde

Perchloric Acid
0.1 M Perchloric Acid (in water)

Phosphoric Acid
5% Phosphoric Acid

Picric Acid
1.3% Picric Acid

Isopropyl Alcohol
99% Isopropyl Alcohol
70% Isopropyl Alcohol

Sodium Acetate
3 M Sodium Acetate
0.1 M Sodium Acetate

Sodium Azide
5% Sodium Azide
10% Sodium Azide

Sodium Carbonate
1 M Sodium Carbonate

Sodium Deoxycholate
20% Sodium Deoxycholate
10% Sodium Deoxycholate

Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate
10% Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate
This solution contains 10% Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate

Sodium Hydroxide
0.1 M Sodium Hydroxide
1 M Sodium Hydroxide
5 M Sodium Hydroxide

Sulfuric Acid
1 M Sulfuric Acid
3 M Sulfuric Acid
0.16 M Sulfuric Acid

50X TAE Buffer


Trifluoroacetic Acid
90% Trifluoroacetic Acid
10% Trifluoroacetic Acid

Triton X-100
0.1% Triton X-100
This solution contains 0.1% Triton X-100
This solution contains 0.3% Triton X-100
This solution contains 2% Triton X-100 and 25% Dimethyl Sulfoxide