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CHEMICAL LEGISLATION

LEGISLATION

Labelservice has a long history of keeping up-to-date with the latest legal requirements for the storage and transportation of chemicals, hazardous and non-hazardous goods.

CLP FOR SINGLE SUBSTANCES IS HERE!

The CLP Regulation (Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures) entered into force on 20th January 2009. Companies had until 1st December 2010 to ensure that any labels for single substances were updated to the new regulations and by 1st June 2015 to do the same for mixtures. Its purpose is to protect people and the environment from the effects of hazardous chemicals by requiring suppliers to provide information about the dangers and to package them safely.

SO WHAT ABOUT YOUR LABELS?

Here at Labelservice we already have many solutions in place to enable you to meet the new label standards easily and without any fuss. Our new, innovative, GHS-ready label printing software (Label Enterprise and Label Standard), printers and a wide range of blank labels held in stock that enable the printing of compliant labels quickly, efficiently and to BS5609 (3 month immersion in seawater) standards. We are also ready to take orders for your fully printed GHS labels.

UN GHS (UNITED NATIONS GLOBALLY HARMONISED SYSTEM OF CLASSIFICATION AND LABELLING OF CHEMICALS)

All over the world there are different laws on how to identify the hazardous properties of chemicals (called 'classification') and how information about these hazards is then passed to users (through labels, and safety data sheets for workers). This can be confusing because the same chemical can have different classifications in different countries. The UN brought together experts from different countries to create the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The aim of GHS is to have the same criteria for classifying chemicals worldwide, according to their health, environmental and physical hazards and requirements for labelling and safety data sheets.

The UN GHS is not a formal treaty, but instead is a non-legally binding international agreement. Therefore countries (or trading blocks) must create local or national legislation to implement GHS, CLP is the legal document that applies in Europe.

CHIPS (CHEMICALS HAZARD INFORMATION AND PACKAGING FOR SUPPLY)

CHIP is the law that has applied to suppliers of dangerous substances and mixtures for many years and can carry on applying to mixtures until their reclassification to CLP before 1st June 2015.

TRANSPORT

The Regulations covering the transport of dangerous goods are very different from those covering Supply. However, with the implementation of CLP some of the differences will diminish. There are also separate arrangements for each of the four modes: Road, Rail, Air and Sea. These pages explore each in turn, looking at the situation in the UK and International transport.

UK ROAD AND RAIL

UK journeys by Road and Rail are covered by the CDG regulations (The Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations) and were substantially restructured in 2009 with direct referencing to ADR for the main duties. Amending regulations were made in 2011, mainly to reflect changes to the EU Transportable Pressure Equipment Directive.

Emergency Action Code (Hazchem Codes) are published in the Dangerous Goods Emergency Action Code List.

EUROPEAN ROAD AND RAIL

International journeys by road through Europe are covered by the ADR Regulations (Accord européen relatif au transport international des marchandises dangereuses par route) and RID (Regulations Concerning the International Transport of Dangerous Goods by Rail (European law)) for Rail.

AIR

Air transport is covered by the ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air. Those transporting dangerous goods by air should also check the IATA (International Air Transport Association) Dangerous Goods Regulations as these contain additional requirements to the ICAO technical Instructions.

SEA

The transport of dangerous goods by sea is governed by the IMO (International Maritime Organization) International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG). The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency website also contains useful information about dangerous goods, including a summary of the main changes to the IMDG Code Amendments.

REACH (REGISTRATION, EVALUATION, AUTHORISATION AND RESTRICTION OF CHEMICAL SUBSTANCES)

To make the people who place chemicals on the market responsible for understanding and managing the risks associated with their use.

The Regulations on the supply and transport of dangerous goods are constantly changing. Please refer to the HSE and relevant authority websites for more information

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