The Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals (CLP) (Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Regulations 2015

The Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals (CLP) (Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Regulations 2015 – what you need to know following the end of the transition period.

From June 2017 chemical mixtures placed on the market must comply with the CLP regulation, and therefore will have new labelling of hazards. As of June 2015, the CLP Regulation applied in full to mixtures which were placed on the market. To aid chemical suppliers in the transition to the new regulations there was a two-year derogation period which ended 1 June 2017. This derogation period meant that any mixtures which had been classified, labelled and packaged and placed on the market before June 2015 did not have to be recalled for re-labelling and re-packaging.

The CLP regulation has introduced a new set of hazard pictograms for consumers to follow as well as changes to the rules suppliers must follow when classifying a chemical.

It is important for consumers to understand the new hazard pictograms as they help to ensure those who are using the chemical know if it may cause harm to people or the environment. The packaging of a single chemical may contain more than one hazardous pictogram so it is important to understand the meaning of the different pictograms. The CLP hazard pictograms appear in the shape of a diamond with a distinctive red border and white background.

In most cases, the precautions which were in place for the products before the labelling changed will still be the right ones but to clarify this or for further advice on the hazards in any of the products which you or your employees use you can contact the supplier directly (contact details will be on the label).

If you or your employees use chemicals in the workplace, you should:

Alert your workplace/ employees to these changes.

Look out for the changes to the products you use and check that you are doing what is needed to use the chemical safely.

Contact your chemical suppliers if you are unsure of the changes that have been made.

If you are an employer, ensure you provide your employees with up to date adequate information, instruction and training.

Follow the advice provided on the new labels and, where appropriate, in Safety Data Sheets.

Remember! Other laws apply when using chemicals in the workplace to ensure the protection of people and the environment. Guidance and advice on the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) is available here: Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH).

For more information on the CLP Regulation visit the HSE website: http://www.hse.gov.uk/chemical-classification/index.htm

Source of information: HSE Website, 2017.

                                                         Written by Alex Cronin

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