Hazard labels

Packaging changes on your dairy hygiene products

On the 1st June 2015 the hazard signs which are on your dairy hygiene products have changed.

The CLP Regulation adopts the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System on the classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS) across all European Union countries, including the UK.

As GHS is a voluntary agreement rather than a law, it has to be adopted through a suitable national or regional legal mechanism to ensure it becomes legally binding. That’s what the CLP Regulation does.  The existing legislation on classification, labelling and packaging has been agreed at European Union level and, from 1st June 2015, will be directly applied on all EU member states, including the UK.

The rules they have to follow when they are classifying will change though, and a new set of hazard pictograms (quite similar to the old ones) will be used on all labels.

How will this affect you the dairy farmer?

When using chemicals at work, you should:

  • Look out for the changes and check that you are doing what is needed to use the chemical safely. If you are an employer, alert your employees to these changes too
  • Speak to your local Agroserve hygiene specialist if you have any questions or if you don’t understand the changes that have been made
  • As an employer, provide your employees with adequate information, instruction and training
  • Follow the advice provided on the new labels and, where appropriate, in the updated Safety Data Sheets.  Find out more about Saftey Data Sheets here.

To find out more visit www.hse.gov.uk/chemical-classification, speak to your local Agroserve hygiene specialist or contact us on 01985 216444.

Corrosive 1

Corrosive. Due to the new classification of Causes Serious Eye Damage this will be seen on some teat dip products. There is nothing we can do about this.

Health effects

Causes long lasting health effects. Due to the effects of iodine on the thyroid gland, iodine products with a concentration greater than 1%  will bear this symbol. However, this doesn’t apply to medicines which are exempt from CLP.

Corrosive 2

Corrosive. Due to the new classification of Causes Serious Eye Damage this will be seen on some teat dip products. There is nothing we can do about this.

Warning

The warning symbol. Is present on any product which is classified as irritating to eyes.

Environment

Environmental Hazard.

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