New classification and labelling of chemicals
A new piece of legislation (New European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures) known as the CLP Regulations came into force on 20 January 2009 and has several transitional periods for full implementation. One of the most significant changes concerns the way in which substances are labelled, with harmonisation of both classification and labelling.
Currently some countries may classify a substance or chemical as “toxic” or “explosive” and another may not. The aim of the regulation is to bring about a common European standard.
Key dates for compliance with the new CLP Regulation are as follows:
- 1st December 2010 – “substances” to be classified, labelled and packaged according to CLP (although a transitional period exists until 1st December 2012 for substances already on the shelves).
- 1st June 2015 – “mixtures” must be classified, labelled and packaged according to CLP (although a transitional period exists until 1st June 2017 for mixtures already on the shelves).
The old system of labelling that will be phased out from December 2010 for substances, is shown below:
The new pictograms that meet the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) are as follows:
To meet the requirements of the legislation, all BLA Members have updated their Safety Datasheets (SDS’s) and the symbols applied to packaging of substances that have been produced after 30 November 2010.
Notes to Editors
The BLA is a constituent body of the Mineral Products Association (MPA), which is the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete, lime, mortar and silica sand industries. The BLA represents the interests of three member companies, responsible for producing 75% of the lime sold in the UK. The BLA members are Lhoist UK, Singleton Birch Ltd and Tarmac.
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