The CLP Regulation

The Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation requires companies to classify, label and package their hazardous chemicals appropriately before placing them on the market.

The classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals is based on the Globally Harmonised System, agreed in the UN. Its purpose is to ensure a high level of protection of health and the environment, as well as the free movement of substances, mixtures and articles.

Labels are there to help identify hazardous chemicals, and explain what the hazards are and how to avoid them.

Packaging is also important to ensure that chemicals are stored and disposed of safely.

The information needed to apply to labelling and packaging will be created from MSDS for each product, and will consist of the following items:

  • Hazard statements
  • Precautionary statements
  • Signal Word
  • Hazard Pictograms

A hazard statement is a phrase that describes the nature of the hazard in the substance or mixture. A hazard statement will be determined by the application of the classification criteria.

Examples of hazard statements include:

  • Causes serious eye damage
  • Toxic if swallowed
  • Toxic to the aquatic life with long lasting effects
  • May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled

A precautionary statement is a phrase that describes recommended measure(s) to minimise or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure to a hazardous substance or mixture due to its use or disposal.

Examples of precautionary statements include:

  • Wear eye protection
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product
  • Avoid release to the environment
  • In case of inadequate ventilation wear respiratory protection

Suppliers determine the appropriate precautionary statements (usually no more than six) based on the required hazard statements.

The CLP Regulation also introduces two new signal words: ‘Danger’ and ‘Warning’.

If the chemical has a more severe hazard, the label includes the signal word ‘Danger’; in case of less severe hazards, the signal word is ‘Warning’.

A hazard pictogram is an image on a label that includes a warning symbol and specific colours intended to provide information about the damage a particular substance or mixture can cause to our health or the environment.

Some examples of hazard pictograms are listed below:

 

Health hazard/Hazardous to the ozone layer

 

Hazardous to the environment

Further detail can be found at the HSE website

We are fully equipped with up to date CLP software that has enabled us to provide all necessary information regarding labelling requirements that conform to the new CLP regulations. The software allows us to:

  • Produce material safety data sheets (MSDS) for any substance or mixture
  • Calculate the classification of your formulations in CHIP and CLP/GHS format
  • Convert existing products classified under CHIP into the new CLP classifications

Please Note: The information will be provided in good faith and is to the best of our current knowledge but may be subject to change. The ultimate responsibility for the classification and labelling of the final product lies with the person placing it on the market.

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