Myth: if it doesn't smell bad, it is not dangerous
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The poster is part of a series of posters depicting myths, in a humorous way, regarding dangerous substances and explaining the truth. This poster is about the odour of chemicals and their dangers. The odour of chemicals is not associated with its degree of hazard! Substances with pleasant smells can be very dangerous, while those that smell bad may not be so dangerous! You must always become acquainted with the information in safety data sheets to understand the hazards of a chemical. The poster depicts a worker smelling a barrel that contains purple liquid and bears several hazard signs. The worker is thinking about flowers. The occupational safety and health (OSH) expert is carrying protective equipment for the worker (clothing, a respirator and goggles).