A consultative document has been published, which outlines proposals on the alignment of health and safety regulations with the EU direct acting Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 (CLP Regulation).

The CLP Regulation progressively replaces the Dangerous Substances Directive 1967/548/EEC (DSD) and the Dangerous Preparations Directive 1999/45/EC (DPD), which deal with the classification, hazard communication and packaging of chemicals.

The key changes include:

  • the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (GHS) will be used across Europe and the United Nations for the classification and labelling of chemicals;
  • any existing European classification system and hazard warning symbols will be replaced by the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) and a new set of hazard pictograms.

Responses should be received by 22 July 2014.

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