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GHS / CLP Classifications

Here at XRO Chemical Services Ltd, we keep our customers and potential clients informed and up-to-date with any changes within the chemical sector that affect our products. As such, we would like to inform you of the new regulations that have directly affected the classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of mixtures (which came into place 1st June 2015).

European Regulation No 1272/2008, which was first introduced in 2009, is now being used to bring European legislation closer in line to that used by the United Nations Global Harmonisation System (GHS). This has been designed to ensure that the same system is used worldwide to produce Safety Data Sheets and labels.

Some of the most significant changes were the replacement of Risk phrases with Hazard statements, Safety phrases with Precautionary statements and the introduction of a new range of pictograms.

As a direct result of these changes, the MSDS’s and labels for our products now contain a lot more pictograms than they did previously. We must stress that the formulations of these products are exactly the same but due to the classification change, now carry additional (and in some case more severe) pictograms than previously seen. This does not indicate that our products are in any way more dangerous than before, it is to warn users of the potential hazards that the product could present.

For example, some of our products were previously classified as ‘Irritant’ with R41 Risk of serious damage to eyes. Under the new classification system, these are now classified as ‘Causes serious eye damage’. Unfortunately this is associated with the Corrosive pictogram; this does not indicate that the product is corrosive to skin, but it does show that the product could be damaging to eyes if misused.

For a side-by-side comparison between the current and previous classifications, please see below.

Example Classification Under CHIP Regulations

Symbols

Xi Irritant

Irritant

R Phrases

R41: Risk of serious damage to eyes.

S Phrases

S26: In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with plenty of water and seek medical advice.

S39: Wear eye / face protection.

Same Product Classified Under GHS/CLP Regulations

Signal Word

DANGER

Pictograms

GHS05 Corrosion

Corrosion

H Phrases

H315: Causes skin irritation.

H318: Causes serious eye damage.

P Phrases

P264: Wash hands thoroughly after handling.

P280: Wear eye protection.

P302+352: IF ON SKIN: Wash with plenty of soap and water.

P305+351+338: IF IN EYES: Rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lenses, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.

P332+313: If skin irritation occurs: Get medical advice.

P362: Take off contaminated clothing and wash before reuse.

CHIP Hazard Symbols

CLP Hazard Pictograms

Explosive

Explosive

E

GHS01

GHS01

Flammable

Flammable

F / F+

GHS02

GHS02

Oxidising

Oxidising

O

GHS03

GHS03

N/A

GHS04

GHS04

Corrosive

Corrosive

C

GHS05

GHS05

Toxic

Toxic

T / T+

GHS06

GHS06

Irritant

Irritant

Xi

GHS07

GHS07

Harmful

Harmful

Xn

GHS08

GHS08

Environmental

Environmental

N

GHS09

GHS09

Products that were classified Irritant under CHIP, but with R41 Risk of serious damage to eyes, will carry the GHS05 Corrosion pictogram instead of the GHS07 Exclamation pictogram.

GHS05

The new regulations can be obtained from the ECHA website by following the link: http://www.echa.europa.eu/regulations/clp/legislation

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