On 1st June 2015 regulations changed meaning all chemical products are now labelled under the new Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals.
This was implemented in the EU via the Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP), where previously chemical products were regulated in the UK under CHIP.
This change was brought in to standardize how the hazardous properties of chemicals are classified globally.
There is a two-year grace period for mixtures already labelled, they do not need to be re-labelled until 1st June 2017, we are currently working on this.
New red diamond shaped Hazard Pictograms will replace the orange square Hazard Symbols, though some of the internal images are similar.
The orange CHIP symbols were accompanied by ‘Indication of Danger’ words but CLP will replace these with two new ‘Signal Words’.
Some of the threshold levels in CLP are lower than under CHIP. For example under CHIP a product would need to contain more than 20% of an ingredient classified as R36 (Irritating to eyes) to trigger a hazard pictogram. This will result in many products being classified where previously they have not.
Formulations have not changed, just the system used to classify it has changed.
The hazard classification on the label applies to the undiluted product only.