CLP, EU regulation ‘Classification, Labelling and Packaging’
On 1 June 2015 these regulations are effective. As producer of metalworking fluids we fully comply with CLP and have taken all necessary steps.
What is CLP?
CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) is the European Union’s implementation of GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals). The goal of GHS is to replace national legislation across the globe as it relates to criteria for classification, labeling and packaging with the ultimate goal of improving protection of human health and the environment.
What is changing?
- Hazard classes - The current 14 classes are replaced with 28 classes with sub-classes.
- Phrases - The risk and safety phrases are replaced with hazard and protection phrases.
- Classification - The classification criteria of substances and mixtures have changed.
- Symbols - The orange square hazard symbols are replaced with red/white diamond shaped symbols. Below a few examples of the new symbols:
- On the labels of Cimcool products and SDS’es there might be new and other hazard symbols.
- The R-phrases (risk) are replaced with H-phrases (hazard), and safety phrases are replaced with protection phrases. So some text on SDS’es and labels might have changed.
- Classification of mixtures and substances has changed. All our products have been re-classified. Under the new legislation it is possible the same Cimcool product is now classified in a different hazard class or category. If this is the case labels will have new or other symbols and/or risk- and protection phrases on it. This does not mean the product has changed, only the classification and therefor the labeling has changed.
- The exact consequences for each Cimcool product shows on the SDS.
As of 1 June 2015 CLP legislation is active. From this date on all classification, labeling and packaging of Cimcool products is in accordance with CLP. However, products on stock already labeled and packed under the old rules can still be sold until 1 June 2017.
More detailed information can be found on the following websites:
- ECHA, European Chemicals Agency
- European Commission
- Information about GHS from United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
CLP Quiz on the ECHA website