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CLP – Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures

We reported previously on the introduction of new Pictograms when the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regs (CLP) applied in full back in June 2015.

On 1st June 2017 the final stage of the re-labelling requirements kick in where manufacturers have to apply the new pictograms for ALL substances that were previously on the market.  It is therefore timely to remind you on what the new pictograms are so we have reproduced our information sheet showing the illustrations along with an explanation of each.

For direct clients with access to templates and forms on our website, we have updated the COSHH Assessment Template.  To access it please visit our website and use your unique login details. Alternatively, please contact us by phone or email and we will get back to you.

The background to this is GHS (Global Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals).  GHS has been adopted by many countries around the world and is now also used as the basis for international and national transport regulations for dangerous goods.

The hazards of chemicals are communicated through standard statements and pictograms on labels and safety data sheets. 

New terms have replaced old ones as follows:

  • Mixtures for preparations 
  • Hazardous for dangerous
  • Pictograms for symbols
  • Hazard statements for risk phrases
  • Precautionary statements for safety phrases
  • Signal words (e.g. danger, warning) replace the indications of danger

As of 1st June the new red-framed pictograms will replace the familiar previous orange danger symbols.

This is a good opportunity to check that you have up to date Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) that comply with the new standard for all the substances you have in your organisation.  Your suppliers are required by law to provide them for you free of charge.  The information contained in MSDS is essential for when you are drawing up COSHH Assessments that cover the use of that material in your business or organisation. 

If you would like any information on the above please do not hesitate to contact us. 

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