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CLP: EU Hazard Classifications & Chemical Labelling


Arpal Gulf decided in 2016 to follow the UK parent company’s move to comply with the Classification, Labelling & Packaging (CLP) Regulations (EC) No 1272/2008. Although not mandatory in the UAE, the company believes that the progressive adoption of this legislation to our products can only protect the user of our chemicals more.

The safety information and any hazard pictograms, signal words, hazard and precautionary statements refer to the concentrated product as supplied. The new red diamond Hazard pictograms found on labels and packaging warn users about potential dangers for handling and storing chemicals and raise awareness of these dangers and the steps required to protect ourselves and others from harm.

The CLP Regulation introduces two important signal words to indicate the level of hazard associated with some chemicals - DANGER and WARNING. The process of hazard classification decides what potential dangers are presented for each chemical, what hazard symbols and signal words should appear on the label and the safety advice that must be provided.

Hazardous chemicals must also include Hazard and Precautionary statements, both of which are found on the product label and the Safety Data Sheet.

A Hazard (H) Statement: Describes the nature of the hazard in the substance or mixture such as:

  • Causes serious eye damage
  • Causes severe burns to skin
  • Toxic if swallowed
  • Toxic to the aquatic life with long lasting effects
  • May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled.

A Precautionary (P) Statement: Describes the recommended measure(s) to minimise or prevent adverse effects resulting from exposure to a hazardous substance or mixture due to its use or disposal such as: 

  • Wear eye protection
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product 
  • Avoid release to the environment 
  • In case of inadequate ventilation wear respiratory protection