How to prepare for CLP

Since 2012 CLP has provided guidelines for classification, labeling and packaging of hazardous chemicals. Now transition time is immediate - June 1, 2017, all safety data sheets and hazard labels should be updated in accordance with the CLP chemicals regulations. Does your company have control?

Prepare for CLP. Chemical products with old labels off the shelves

Now it’s time for a last call on how to prepare for CLP. The transition time is immediate – June 1, 2017, the CLP regulations concern all companies that manufacture, import, distribute or use hazardous chemicals.

As a consumer, you have probably noticed new packaging and labels on more and more products. The orange-colored symbols are replaced by pictograms, which are white with a red frame. In addition, there are more symbols worth mentioning.

Please read our tips on how to prepare for CLP:

If you manufacture, sell, distribute or import chemicals:

1) Are your products in store with a label? Make sure that these are re-labeled or withdrawn from the market.

2) Review your safety data sheet and investigate the information that conforms to the new classification requirements. Do it already today!

3) Start tagging all products with new labels.

4) Make sure your customers receive the updated safety data sheet – if you are not careful about this item, it may have major consequences in the rest of the value chain.

If you handle chemicals in your workplace:

1) Educate all employees in what the new symbols mean. A good tip is to provide an overview where the use of chemicals takes place so that the information is easily visible. For example, you can print a poster from the Chemicals Agency website (ECHA).

2) Check if there are any packaging you refill, and make sure that these are marked with the correct marking

3) Update the risk assessment so that you can detect whether a new rating affects your risk. You may be surprised.

4) Set requirements for your vendors already for their products to be labeled by CLP. Keep in mind that documentation is fresh!
You will also find plenty of good information material on the European Chemicals Agency website (ECHA).
Good luck!