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Get Up to Speed on the New Classifying, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulations


From 1st June 2015, the current Dangerous Preparation Directive (DPD) will be replaced by the new European Classifying, Labelling and Packaging regulations, also known as CLP. As the European implementation of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System (UN-GHS), these regulations will change the way that chemical products are classified and labelled, so it’s of upmost importance for those in the cleaning industry to know what these changes are and their impact before the new regulations are put into place.

To help you understand the new CLP regulations and what you need to do to comply, we have teamed up with Diversey Care, who are passionate about sustainability, safety and the environment. Together, in this article we’ll bring you the most important information you need so you’ll be ready to follow the changes as they happen.


The Objective and Impact of CLP

In short, consistent criteria for the classification and labelling of chemicals are being implicated as this provides better protection for both human health and the wider environment.

With this objective in mind, CLP introduces new and stringent hazard calculation rules and labelling requirements including:

  • Pictograms
  • Signal Words
    • Warning (indicating a less severe hazard)
    • Danger (indicating a more severe hazard)
  • Hazard (H) and Precautionary (P) statements – which will replace the Risk & Safety (R&S) phrases currently used
  • CLP outer labels – which will be required for any product not classified for transport

These changes will necessitate the re-design of all relevant labels for chemical products, and the update of existing Safety Data Sheets (SDS). The chemical formulations of products won’t be changed as a result of CLP unless absolutely necessary, but you should expect to see different or higher classification of chemicals from your suppliers as CLP regulations are stricter than those that are being replaced.


CLP Hazard Pictograms

The new CLP hazard pictograms that you will see on chemical labels from June 1st are below. We strongly advise that you and your team familiarise yourselves with these.

An advice sheet explaining these pictograms in more detail can also be downloaded here.


CLP Pictograms snipped


What Will Happen on June 1st

From the day that the CLP regulations are implicated, June 1st 2015, all chemical products produced must be classified and labelled accordingly.

However, chemical products labelled according to the old DPD regulations can still be traded and shipped until 1st June 2017.

For end-users of products with DPD labels, there are no current deadlines on their storage or use. So while you will be able to use up products that bear the old DPD labels and classification, you must look out for the arrival of products with CLP labels and be prepared to use them.


Your Other Questions Answered

To help you make complete sense of the new CLP regulations, we’ll answer some of the other questions you may have about the changes and how they’ll impact you.

Will new PPE be required as a result of CLP?

As chemical products may be subject to re-classification under new CLP regulations, it is likely that a different type of PPE may be required to handle these chemicals, as well as a different way of working with them. It’s crucial to read and adhere to all information provided by your chemical suppliers regarding the new CLP regulations to ensure you continue to use these products safely.

Will I have to change how I handle, transport and store chemical products?

Should the classification of a chemical product change under the new CLP regulations, there may also be new requirements for its handling, transport and storage. To find out if this is the case you should consult the Safety Data Sheet and also consider any relevant local legislation.

Do I need to update my workplace safety program?

It is the responsibility of employers to train their employees on CLP and ensure that all workplace hazard communication programs and training materials are brought up to date. Your chemical product suppliers should provide the materials you need in due course, but if you do not receive these, you should contact them with any questions.

Lindsay Childerhouse, Product Manager for Diversey Care says “To support our customers with CLP we have developed a training module, which will help you better understand what the requirements are”. You can access the training module here.

Should I discard the chemical products I have that bear the DPD regulations on June 1st?

No, this is not necessary as end users are still able to use chemical products that bear DPD regulations indefinitely. You should however be aware that from June 1st all new chemical products produced will be subject to CLP regulations, so gradually you should expect the labels and/or classification to be different on the chemical products that you purchase.


We hope that this article has provided the information you need to get ready for the new CLP regulations. In the meantime and especially after the new CLP regulations are in place, you should continue to:

  • Read the labels on all the chemical products you use
  • Consult the Safety Data Sheet before using any chemical product
  • Use the product correctly and as recommended






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