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Premiere Products believe in the importance of communication to all our customers and this page has been created to give you information about the new CLP regulations.

WHAT IS CLP?

Classification, Labelling & Packaging Regulation

CLP is the method of classifying and labelling chemicals under the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (GHS) and is born out of some fairly common sense ideology – that chemical classifications should be universal in order that, for example, product that is imported or exported from one country to another carries a classification that is both understandable and relevant in both the country of its origin as well as that of its destination.

The CLP regulation ensures that hazards presented by chemicals are clearly communicated to end users through classification and labelling of products, using standard statements and pictograms on labels and via safety data sheets.

WHAT WILL CHANGE?

The most essential factor to understand is that the method of calculating classification is much, much stricter under CLP. We will therefore see many more products being required to carry warning symbols than ever before. Premiere can however categorically state that none of our formulations have changed, it is simply the regulation that is forcing a classification change.

Visually the two most obvious changes that we will physically see are to the pictogram warning symbols themselves and to the accompanying explanatory phrases.

Orange square pictograms are changing to red diamond pictograms (as shown below)


Whilst a number of hazard pictogrammes remain similar in appearance to their predecessors, some new pictograms have been introduced and there are new labelling requirements.

CLP very much requires a change of mind set when undertaking assessments on the chemicals being sold, purchased or used. Under the CHIP regulations we had all become used to seeing a symbol and immediately understanding what level of risk was associated with it. For example an Irritant warning symbol told us that prolonged exposure to unprotected skin would cause irritation as would any splashing to the eyes. Similarly a Corrosive warning symbol would tell us that the product could cause burns to skin and eyes.

By contrast under CLP the warning pictogram notifies us of the level of risk (see below), whilst the hazard and precautionary statements detail the specifics using Hazard (H) & Precautionary (P) phrases (replacing the Risk & Safety phrases).

     denotes warning - implying a less severe hazard
     denotes Danger  -  implying a more severe hazard

Given that the pictogram for Danger is very similar under CLP as that used for Corrosive under CHIP, awareness and understanding are critical here in order for confusion to be avoided. It is therefore imperative that anyone seeing any symbol on a label, looks to the Precautionary & Hazard statement to identify the exact nature of the hazard and respective controls, rather than making assumptions based on old CHIP theories.

Material Safety Data Sheets will also be updated in order to reflect the change and our end user customers are being advised to update their Risk Assessments and COSHH Assessments as soon as they are to be in receipt of newly labelled product. Whilst the product inside the bottle is not changing the regulation has caused new classifications and these need to be reflected therein.