October 1, 2012
Q: Do I need to put a label on a five-gallon container that is UL-listed, DOT-approved, and used for gasoline? Also, can the same container be used for diesel fuel if "diesel" is written on the can for identification?
A: Oregon OSHA’s hazard communication standard (1910.1200) has a requirement that all containers of hazardous chemicals be properly labeled. To label your gasoline container, write "gasoline" on the container. If you use the container for diesel fuel, write "diesel" on the container. The purpose is to eliminate any confusion regarding what kind of chemical is in a container.