Key Data

Hazardous substances - hazard statements, precautionary statements and signal words

  • When the CLP* Regulations came fully into force, they triggered changes to the contents of safety data sheets and labels for hazardous substances.
*CLP = EC Regulation No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures
  • Under previous legislation, risk and safety phrases were included on packaging and within the safety data sheets. These were known as R-phrases and S-phrases respectively: For example, R45 “May cause cancer” and S2 “Keep out of reach of children”.
  • Under the CLP Regulations new terminology was brought in.