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Arpal Gulf Launches New Hazardous Chemical Labelling System

Posted by: Alastair Leith on August 16 2017 | Tagged: Industry News

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Arpal Gulf LLC today announces it has decided to adopt the European CLP chemical labelling system for all of its cleaning and disinfection chemicals. The move ensures the UK parent company and Arpal Gulf products are labelled and classified in a uniform way and comply with the latest international safety standards. The classification system is called the EU Classification, Labelling & Packaging (CLP) Regulation which reflects a UN initiative to try and create a global system of chemical hazard recognition. 

CLP introduces new methods for assessing chemical hazards and generally lowers the concentration at which a product is considered to be hazardous. The most noticeable change is that the square orange hazard symbols traditionally used on labels have been replaced by red-bordered diamonds (called pictograms) to indicate that the product may cause harm. 

As hazard classifications are triggered at a lower concentration in the CLP system, it means that some products on our range will now have hazard diamonds where previously there was no orange hazard symbol. The move is progressive and our product labelling contains more safety information than ever before, which is good for the user. 

Estimates show that that 80-90% of all professional cleaning products and disinfectants in Europe are now classified as hazardous in accordance with CLP. It is important to note however that this does not mean that our products are more dangerous than before, it is just that the method used to classify the products is different.


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The new hazard pictograms should not cause alarm, but serve as a useful reminder of the importance proper safety practises and a greater awareness of potential danger if chemicals are not used or handled in the correct recommended manner. 

There are four main advantages of moving to the CLP chemical labelling system: 

  1. The change to CLP labelling puts general chemical use higher up the staff safety agenda than before and we view this as a progressive, strategic move in helping to improve safety standards for our clients. 
  1. As part of this process Arpal Gulf has upgraded and improved all its chemical labelling. Labels will now contain much more product information, application advice and more detailed health & safety information than ever before. 
  1. From a training perspective, the product container almost becomes a mobile Product Guidance Sheet in itself. The front label will provide application and descriptive information, with the new secondary back label dedicated to health and safety information. 
  1. CLP places an increased importance on the requirement and provision of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for staff using Arpal cleaning products, in response to the increased visibility of using the new hazard pictograms. It is vital that businesses throughout the UAE provide adequate quantities of appropriate PPE for cleaning staff.


All Arpal Gulf LLC chemical products supplied into the commercial sphere are registered with the Dubai Municipality and fully comply with all Municipality regulations. Products are correctly labelled, detailing individual batch numbers, expiry dates and chemical ingredients. The country of origin is clearly stated and bar coding is used to allow the Municipality authorities to confirm product validity - ensuring our products are correctly registered and genuine.


All Arpal Gulf Product Guidance Sheets and Safety Data Sheets have now been converted over to the new CLP system and are now available to view on our website in the PRODUCTS section. Please note that the Safety Data Sheets are now more extensive in terms of information required and run into several pages. We have also produced a leaflet which explains CLP in detail as well as our new COSHH/Chemical safety Poster.



The safety information provided on all Arpal Gulf chemical labels and any hazard pictograms shown refer to the concentrated product as supplied. When the product is diluted as recommended, the solution in many cases will not be classified as hazardous. Therefore the use of controlled dispensing systems from Arpal Gulf will dramatically reduce the risk of contact with concentrated chemicals.


It is important to treat commercial grade cleaning products with respect. Higher surfactant (cleaning) and biocidal active (germ killing) concentrations in professional products are there by design as they need to perform well in the busy professional arena. The most significant changes are:


  1. RED DIAMOND pictograms will replace the square orange hazard symbols.


  1. The indications of danger which appeared under the orange boxes, such as Corrosive; Irritant; Harmful; Flammable; Oxidiser and Dangerous to the Environment are replaced with two simple Signal Words – DANGER or WARNING.


  1. New wording will appear on product labels to replace the old Risk and Safety phrases. Labels will include a new H (Hazard) statements and P (Precautionary) statements.


The most significant change is the use of the pictogram that looks like a corrosive symbol and is normally found near the Signal Word DANGER. This symbol is used in a wider context than before and does not necessarily mean the product will cause severe skin burns. In fact, this symbol could appear on products where there is no evidence of corrosive effects on skin. The same “Corrosive” pictogram can indicate different types of hazard, so it important to read the label or Safety Data Sheet for more information.


  • Level 1: DANGER - May be corrosive to metals/Causes severe skin burns and eye damage.
  • Level 2: DANGER - May be corrosive to metals/Causes serious eye damage/Causes skin irritation.
  • Level 3: DANGER - Causes serious eye damage/Causes skin irritation.
  • Level 4: DANGER - Causes serious eye damage.