CLP Update

The Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation 1272/2008 (CLP) aligns European legislation with the GHS (Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals), a United Nations system, to identify hazardous chemicals and inform users about these hazards.


From 1st June 2015, chemical suppliers must comply fully with the CLP Regulations. From that date, all products must be classified, labelled and packaged according to CLP, unless they were already in the distribution supply chain before this point, in which case a two-year derogation is available to allow existing stocks to be used up.

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

New terms have replaced old ones:

  • 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

New red-framed pictograms gradually replace the familiar orange danger symbols.

Key points:

  • Look out for new labels and safety data sheets (SDS)
  • Train workers to understand and recognise the new label information
  • Check that your use of the substance or mixture is covered on the SDS and is not advised against
  • Follow the advice provided on the new labels and in safety data sheets
  • Check whether the classification has changed
  • Evaluate the risks to workers and update your workplace risk assessments if necessary
  • If you are an employer, communicate these changes to your workers
  • If you have any questions about the new label or safety data sheet, speak to your supplier

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