CLP Descriptor

From 1st June 2015, new legislation has been adopted within the EU that makes fundamental changes to the way that companies classify the chemical products that they supply and to labelling and packaging legislation designed to promote the safe supply and use of chemical mixtures within the EU.

This is part of a worldwide integration onto the system known as the  “Globally Harmonised System”.

There are a number of radical changes and it is important that these changes are explained in order to reduce confusion and aid the transition process.

The key changes are as follows:

  • ·         New chemical WARNING SYMBOLS. (As shown above)
  • ·         Each warning symbol now represents a category of risk.
  • ·         New SIGNAL words (Danger/Warning) will be used on products classified as hazardous, to raise awareness to the risk level or type.
  • ·         Label “risk” and “safety phrases” have been reviewed and improved in clarity.  These are now called HAZARD STATEMENTS and PRECAUTIONARY STATEMENTS.

The new legislation is designed to raise awareness to the risks of handling chemicals.

  • ·         The risk of hazard to people’s eyes and skin sensitisation have been highlighted and the chemical thresholds, to trigger Hazard Warning Symbols in the classification procedure, have been lowered for chemicals that could potentially cause adverse effects.

This means that more products will have a Hazard Warning Symbol.

Many products will increase in hazard perception and many end-users will see Corrosion Symbols appear on many regular-use products, due to the new level that triggers the eye damage warning.

  • ·         SAFETY DATA SHEETS will all change in line with the new legislation.
  • ·         The RISK ASSESSMENTS will need to be re-done, as many products have newly identified hazards under the new rules for classification.

The new legislation now makes Risk Assessments task-based (ie. a separate assessment for each product, its particular method of use and particular area of use).

  • ·         As warning symbols represent a group of hazards, users need to read labels to identify the exact nature of the hazard.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require more information on CLP and how this might affect your cleaning operation.

Stock delivered from our warehouse, from 1st June 2015, will contain both old and new CLP standards. We have until 1st June 2017 to fully transfer all products to the new CLP standards, after this time only products conforming to the new CLP standards will be dispatched.

We are in the process of updating our Safety Data Sheets and will issue new Safety Data Sheets shortly, such that you can start to undertake the new Risk Assessments (COSHH).