You are probably already familiar with the current CHIP hazard symbols that appear on some RIW labels:
Old CHIP symbols
These symbols help us to know that the chemicals we are using might be flammable, harmful, irritant, corrosive, or dangerous for the environment. One or more might appear on a single product.
These symbols are being replaced by others because the law on chemical classification and labelling has recently changed. The new legislation is called “Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulations” (CLP), and Safety Data Sheets (commonly known as MSDS, but should be called SDS under the CLP regulations) and labelling of any product containing a hazardous substance has to comply with these regulations from 1st June 2015. Any packaging placed on the market after this date has to comply with CLP, but any packaging placed on the market before this date will remain valid until June 2017.
The new symbols, called pictograms, show similar images with a slightly different shape and colour.
New CLP symbols
You’ll see that the harmful symbol is missing. This has been replaced by the exclamation mark pictogram:
This pictogram will refer to less serious health hazards such as skin irritancy / sensitisation.
A new pictogram has also been introduced - this pictogram reflects serious longer term health hazards such as carcinogenicity and respiratory sensitisation:
In addition to the new pictograms, the Hazard and Safety advice phrases (known as R and S phrases under the CHIP regime) will be replaced by Hazard Statements and Precautionary Statements under CLP. For example R-10 Flammable will be replaced with H-226 Flammable Liquid and Vapour. Appropriate H and P statements can be found in section 2 of the SDS.
Safety Data Sheets will have to follow a prescribed format from 1st June 2015, and all of the relevant SDS for RIW products will be updated to follow this format. Some products are not classified as hazardous and these products do not require a CLP format SDS. RIW has, however, decided to present all safety data sheets in CLP format regardless of whether the product is classified or not.
Updated Safety Data Sheets will be placed on this site when available; it can be confirmed, however, that there have been no formulation changes to any of the RIW products and it is only the pictograms and statements that have been changed.
The transport labels, where applicable, have not changed and the familiar red flammable diamond etc. will still be used.