Labelling Hazardous Materials

Labelling hazardous materials helps provide us with critical information about hazards and from the 1st of June 2015 a new labelling system for hazardous liquids came into force.  Following a lengthy transition period (2009 – 2015) suppliers now must classify, label and package according to the new system.

The new CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packing) of hazardous products replaces the old ‘CHIP’ (Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations as part of the UN Globally harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

The seven orange and black hazard symbols which have been in use for many years have been replaced with nine diamond shaped pictograms which feature a black symbol on a white background with a red frame, each label must also include a ‘signal word’  either ‘Danger’ or ‘Warning, unless it is deemed a very low hazard.

Previous CHIP Symbols 

Labelling Hazardous Materials

Current Symbols

Labelling Hazardous Materials

The shift is a move to International rather than European symbols as part of efforts to standardize the classification of substances around the world.

Find out more information on the new pictograms.

Downloadable pictograms are also available on the UNECE website.

Changes to Material Safety Data Sheets

The word ‘material’ has been removed from the title and these are now known simply as Safety Data Sheets, each must now contain the following heading:

  1. Hazard(s) identification
  2. Composition/information on ingredients
  3. First-aid measures
  4. Fire-fighting measures
  5. Accidental release measures
  6. Handling and storage
  7. Exposure controls/personal protection
  8. Physical and chemical properties
  9. Stability and reactivity
  10. Toxicological information
  11. Ecological information
  12. Disposal considerations
  13. Transport information
  14. Regulatory information
  15. Other information

For further information see the Health and Safety Executive website or visit our Flammables section where you can explore a range of Stores, Cabinets and Bins.

If you are a manufacturer, importer, user or distributor of hazardous materials you will need to ensure your employees are up to date with the changes concerning phrasing, pictograms and safety data sheets. It may also be necessary to review and update your risk assessments and procedures as well – if the classification of the chemicals you work with has changed this may impact the storage of chemicals on or offsite, handling procedures and the method of transport used.

Empteezy® is the only company within the spill control and spill containment sector to be accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & ISO 18001 International Standards and our network of field managers are well placed to answer any storage or spill containment questions. To receive a call back, or a free, without obligation site assessment please contact us today. 

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