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What is CLP?

What is CLP?

The CLP Regulation is an EU law that aims to make the classification and labelling of hazardous chemicals easier, more harmonised and more consistent. Following the UK's exit from the EU, GB has retained the CLP Regulation, with a few minor changes. These arrangements mean GB continues to adopt GHS. CLP was phased in gradually over a multiple-year transitional period so that the burden on business was reduced. 

CLP requires chemicals to be classified for their hazards and for them to be packaged and labelled accordingly. 

So let's break it down, CLP (Classification of Labels & Packaging)

Classification: Chemical classification identifies a chemical by its physical and chemical properties as well as its uses and applications. Chemical classification systems are designed to help:
-identify hazardous chemicals so that they can be controlled appropriately;
-protect workers, & consumers from exposure to harmful chemicals;
-protect the environment from pollution caused by hazardous chemicals;
-prevent accidental release of hazardous chemicals into the environment.

Labels: Labels are there to help identify the hazardous chemicals within a substance or product, and explain what the hazards are and how to avoid them.

Packaging: The way a dangerous substance is packaged is also important to ensure that chemicals are stored and disposed of safely and correctly. Depending on the severity of a chemical and its hazards, tactile warnings of danger, and/or child-resistant fastenings may be required.


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