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Key points
‣‣ Look out for new labels and safety data sheets.
More information
‣‣ Train employees to understand and recognise the new
label information. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) website
( provides detailed guidance
‣‣ Check that your use of the substance or mixture on the CLP regulation and the REACH regulation.
is covered on the SDS and is not advised against.
A list of Member States’ national CLP helpdesks can also be
‣‣ Follow the advice provided on the new labels found on the ECHA website.
and in safety data sheets.
Information on legislation to protect workers from chemicals
‣‣ Check whether the classification has changed. can be found at:
‣‣ Evaluate the risks to workers and update your social_policy/health_hygiene_safety_at_work/index_en.htm
workplace risk assessments if necessary.
Information and publications on health and safety at work can
‣‣ If you are an employer, communicate these changes be found at:
to your employees.

‣‣ If you have any questions about the new label or safety

data sheet, speak to your supplier.

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How will this affect you?

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Chemical products are used every day at work, for example clean- The CLP regulation implements the United Nations’ Globally Har- Other changes to SDS are also being made as a result of the
ing products, lubricants, paints and glues. Labels on these ­products monised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals REACH (registration, evaluation, authorisation and restriction of
tell us useful information about: (GHS) in the EU. GHS is being adopted worldwide to improve and chemical substances) regulation.
harmonise worker and consumer safety and facilitate global trade.
‣‣ the type of chemicals the product contains; You should look out for these changes, make sure you understand
‣‣ what hazards are associated with the product; Some of the differences you may see are: the new information and comply with any new safety instructions.
‣‣ how to use the chemical safely. ‣‣ classification criteria and classification methods are different
for some types of hazard, so some chemical products may The nine CLP pictograms
Over the next few years, new legislation, known as the CLP regu- be classified more or less severely;
lation (classification, labelling and packaging of substances and ‣‣ new hazard pictograms will replace danger symbols
mixtures), will change the way chemical products are classified on labels;
to identify hazards and how this information is communicated on ‣‣ new wording in hazard (H) and precautionary (P) statements
labels and safety data sheets (SDS). will replace risk (R) and safety (S) phrases;
‣‣ classifications for both the CLP and the previous legislation
on SDS, and label information moved from Section 15 to
Section 2 of the SDS.

The three new pictograms have the following meaning:

Type of hazard Old symbol
Signal word pictogram

May cause serious

long-term health effects,
such as carcinogenicity,
Acetone ABC Chemicals
Main Street
mutagenicity, reproduc-
tive toxicity, respiratory
EC No. 200-662-2 Anytown
Tel.:0123 456 789 sensitisation, specific
Chemical name Name, address target organ toxicity
and product identifier Danger and tel. n° of supplier and aspiration hazard
Highly flammable liquid and vapour. Causes serious
eye irritation. May cause drowsiness or dizziness Less serious health
Keep away from heat / sparks / open flames / hot
surfaces – No smoking. Avoid breathing vapours. hazards such as irritants,
Wear protective gloves / eye protection. IF IN EYES: skin sensitisers and less
Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes.
Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. severe toxicity (harmful)
Continue rinsing. Store in a well-ventilated place.
Pictograms Keep container tightly closed. and precautionary
statements Contains gases
Repeated exposure may cause skin dryness and No symbol
cracking. under pressure
500 ml