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New Chemical Labelling

Global Harmonized Systems (GHS) of Classification of Labelling of Chemicals (CLP)

Changes to Classification, Labelling and Packaging takes noticeable effect from 1st December 2010.(European Regulation(EC) No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling & Packaging of Substances and Mixtures).

This page is to ensure that you are aware of this legislative change, and that we incorporate the requirements of CLP into the department.

The changes include:

  • A complete new system of hazard classification
  • New labels & new Safety Data Sheets (SDS)
  • New pictograms
  • Risk phrases are changing to hazard statements
  • Deadline for chemical substances is December 1st 2010
  • Deadline for chemical mixtures is 1st June 2015

We are advised to implement:

  • Staff training to prevent accidents and incidents
  • Consider the possible impact on COSHH and Risk Assessments
  • COMAH liability if you store large volumes of hazardous chemicals e.g. Ethanol
  • Responsible care – ensuring you are aware of the changes

Dual labelling comes into effect on 1st December 2010

This PDF shows the two types of labels showing the Old and New (this replaces CHIP).

There will also be certain changes to the following:

  • Risk (R) and Safety (S) phrases
  • Oral toxicity classes
  • Flashpoints

The compulsory attendance of the HSD Chemical Safety Course before you can use chemical substances follows recent chemical incidents and highlights several lessons to be learnt, especially when dealing with hazardous chemical waste.

A template has been produce for labelling of chemical waste which can also be used for labelling of stock chemicals.

Following an HSE inspection there are certain conditions of storage and use of Fume cupboards which must be met, especially the compatibility storage of chemical substances and their wastes.