GHS labels are available now to comply with the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals created by the United Nations.
The CLP Regulation (European Regulation on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures) was created by The European Commission to adopt this new GHS system. The regulation came into force on the 20th January 2009 and applies to all EU member states, including the UK.
GHS labels have been created to replace the various classifications and labeling standards that currently exist in different countries. The main objectives are to facilitate international trade in chemicals and to maintain the existing level of protection of human health and environment.
New pictograms with a white background are replacing the orange ones in the EU. Make sure you learn what the labels mean and read the instructions to ensure safe use. Information on the CLP pictograms and on the label is available on the European Chemical Agency website: