CLP classification is different from CHIP in several aspects:
- The symbols have changed shape and colour, from orange squares to white diamonds with a red border, and there are new symbols for new hazards. The St Andrews Cross for Harmful has been removed. There is very little precedence for symbols on labels, and instead of a maximum of three, there may be many more symbols.
- The familiar Risk Phrases are replaced by Hazard Statements, and the text may be unfamiliar. The classification thresholds of many hazard categories have changed. Some of these, such as flammables, bring CLP into line with the transport classifications. Other changes include the toxicity thresholds, which are different because GHS is different from CLP. This means that substances can be classed differently under CLP to how they were under CHIP.
- The Safety Phrases are replaced by Precautionary Statements. You now have to choose which P Statements to use on labels, rather than being S phrases being prescribed. P Statements are not given for materials which hold a Harmonised Classification.
- The Indications of Danger for individual hazards, eg T+ for Very Toxic, have been removed, and there is a new idea called the “Signal Word” which covers the risks of the product as a whole. This is either Danger (for the most hazardous materials); Warning (for less hazardous materials); or no signal word is present (for slightly hazardous materials).
How We Can Help
We have several products and services to help you classify your products as accurately as possible with respect to CLP:
- Tables 3.1 and 3.2 of Annex VI to CLP containing all CLP and CHIP Harmonised Classifications, updated to 7th ATP.
If you need help with CLP classification, contact Janet on 01422 24 22 22, or email Janet.