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Classification and Labeling of Chemicals

Classification, labeling and packaging of substances is noted in CLP Regulation (Classification, Packaging andLabelling of Substances and mixtures). CLP Regulation was adopted by the European Parliament and Council in December 2008 and came into force on 20 January 2009. This regulation is based on the experience ofDirectives 67/548/EEC and 1999/45/EC. The regulation aims to unify the criteria for classification and labeling of substancesand mixtures.

 

According to CLP regulation are labeled substances and mixtures usin warning signs of danger. Hazard warningsymbol is a graphical composition that includes a symbol or other graphical elements, such as a border,background pattern or color that is intended to convey specific information about the hazard. The label must contain one or more of the hazard warning symbols to convey specific information about the hazard. The followingtable provides an overview of the hazard symbols.

 

Hazard symbol overview
Explosive substance Flammable liquid Oxidizing agent Compressed gas Corrosive substance or skin irritant
Explosive subst. Flammable liquid Oxidizing agent Gas under pressure Corrosive subst.
Toxic substance Skin irritant Substance causing breathing irritation or sensibility Substance hazardeous for the environment  
Toxic subst. Skin irritant Respiratory irritant Envir. hazard  

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