On June 1st 2015, the law on how warning labels on products are presented changed. After a period of easing out the old symbols, this law means that the UK now adheres to the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. This change creates a national, regional and worldwide level of coherence, which is requisite for trade.
At FineCal labels, we monitor these changes in laws, so we always provide labels with the correct warning and hazard labels. This way you can be sure you're product is adhering to international and national laws, and can openly trade and sell internationally.
How Did The Law Change in 2015?
If your company produces or distributes chemical products, it will definitely have been affected by this reclassification of its labels. Chemical products used to be classified under the Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging (CHIP) classification, but as of the 1st June 2015, they are now under the GHS system.
The GHS system was developed from the Earth Summit in 1992 and the World Summit in 2002. These UN conferences recognised that across the world different countries have different classifications for similar chemicals. For example, one country may label a chemical as toxic, whilst another country may not. This is not just confusing, but creates a barrier between trading internationally.
So, what are the changes? First of all, the word is 'mixtures' as opposed to 'preparation', and each substance will now have either the word 'danger' or 'hazard' written on it. Danger is for more severe hazards, whilst warning is for less severe hazards. The orange pictorgrams have also been replaced by 9 black hazard symbols with a white background in a red diamond border. Each symbol needs to be a particular size in accordance to the size of the packaging, to find the specific sizes, see the HSE website. There is no minimum text size, however, though some recommend 1.8mm for legibility reasons.
These changes will continue to be enforced by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and local authorities such as the trading standards office. The regulation has been on substances on market since December 2010, and mixtures since June 2015.
However, not all substances are covered by the GHS, or by the EU version (CLP). This includes radioactive substances, substances for scientific research, and waste. They're also not applicable for medicines, cosmetics and food.
Keep Your Warning Labels Up To Date With FineCal!
FineCal is an independent, family-run company that has been producing high quality labels since 1972. All our labels are also environmentally friendly and cost effective for short runs.
We create warning labels for harmful chemicals that meet all legal requirements. This way you don't have to worry about your labels being compliant. We have worked with a variety of companies who use chemical labels, such as those who produce cleaning agents, cosmetics, and paint remover.
We continue to invest in the latest technologies, which can work with short, medium, or long sized print runs. We also add an extra layer of lamination, to keep your important chemical labels waterproof.
For more information, call us today on 01179 711 111, or email us directly at email@example.com!