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New Hazard Symbols For Labels – CLP Regulations

Changes to Chemical Warning Labelling – CHIP to CLP Regulations

If you are labelling chemicals or potentially hazardous substances, you should be aware of the change from the CHIP to CLP symbols or pictograms. Currently, the two symbologies are running side by side, although the CLP regulations came into force in January 2009. This has allowed a gradual progression to full adoption from the 1st June 2015. This means that the old “CHIP” symbols are being phased out and will cease to be valid after June 2015.

As well as chemical labelling, these symbols are used on warning signage. Please see the European Dangerous Substances Directive for further information and full details.

CHIP_Hazard_Label_Images

 

The above symbols are being replaced by the following:

CLP_Label_GHS-01
GHS-01
For explosives, self-reactive substances and mixtures, types A & B organic peroxides, types A & B
CLP_Label_GHS-02
GHS-02
For flammable gases, aerosols, liquids or solids; self reactive substances and mixtures; pyrophoric liquids and solids; self-heating substances and mixtures; substances and mixtures, which in contact with water emit flammable gases; organic peroxides
CLP_Label_GHS-03
GHS-03
For oxidising gases, liquids and solids
CLP_Label_GHS-04_NEW
GHS-04
For compressed gases, liquids and solids; liquefied gases; refrigerated liquefied gases; dissolved gases
CLP_Label_GHS-05
GHS-05
For substances which are corrosive to metals, cause skin corrosion or severe eye damage
CLP_Label_GHS-06
GHS-06
For substances which cause acute toxicity (categories 1 – 3)
CLP_Label_GHS-07_NEW
GHS-07
For substances which cause acute toxicity (catergory 4), skin and eye irritation, skin sesitisation, specific target organ toxicity, respiratory tract irritation or narcotic effects
CLP_Label_GHS-08_NEW
GHS-08
For substances which cause respiratory sensitisation, germ cell mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, reproductive toxicity, specific target organ toxicity or aspiration hazard.
CLP_Label_GHS-09
GHS-09
For substances which are hazardous to the aquatic environment.
chemical_warning_label_dimensions

Table showing minimum dimensions of chemical and hazardous substance warning labels and their symbols

If you are labelling any chemicals or substances that need any of the above icons, you should consider using our tactile warning triangle labels which enable blind and visually impaired people to distinguish potentially harmful products.