CLP Hazardous Warning Signs

“These are our interpretation of the warning signs; specialist advice should be taken as this information is for SafeAway use only”.

Hazard pictograms are used as a visual indication to the presence of hazardous material or substances which may cause harm. They are intended to indicate the type of hazard and potential risk associated with it in a clear and visual form.

Classification, Labelling and Packaging regulation or CLP is an EU regulation from 2008. It aligns the EU classification system, labelling and packaging of chemical substances and mixtures to the Globally Harmonised System (GHS).

CLP hazard pictograms are very similar to the old labeling system and feature the visual hazard indicated on a white background with a surrounding red diamond. A chemical being labeled may require one or more of these labels to correctly indicate the CoSHH hazard associated with it.

What the hazard pictograms mean and where they should be used?
Flammable

What does this hazardous warning signs symbol mean?

Extremely flammable gas, Flammable gas, Extremely flammable aerosol, Flammable aerosol
Highly flammable liquid and vapour, Flammable liquid and vapour, Flammable solids.

Precautionary statement examples: –

  • Protect from sunlight
  • Keep container tightly closed
  • Keep away from naked flame.
  • Keep away from heat source.

Places where this sign may be found: –

Petrol, Paraffin, Lighter fuel, paint thinners.

New symbol has replaced: –

Corrosive

What does this hazardous warning signs symbol mean?

May be corrosive to metal and could cause serious skin damage and damage to eyes.

Precautionary statement examples: –

  • Keep in original container
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Do not breath in fumes or vapour
  • Keep locked away.

Places where this sign may be found: –

Hydrochloric acid, Caustic cleaners (drain cleaners) car battery.

New symbol has replaced: –

Respiratory

What does this hazardous warning signs symbol mean?

Can cause respiratory irritation. Can cause drowsiness or dizziness. Can cause an allergic skin reaction.

Can Cause serious eye irritation. Causes skin irritation. Harmful if swallowed. Harmful in contact with the skin. Harmful if inhaled. Harms public health and the environment by destroying ozone in the upper atmosphere.

Precautionary statement examples: –

  • Avoid contact with eyes,
  • Wash hands thoroughly after use.
  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Harmful if swallowed

Places where this sign may be found: –

Washing liquids and detergents, toilet and general cleaners, Car radiator coolant fluid.

New symbol has replaced: –

Toxic

What does this hazardous warning signs symbol mean?

Fatal or highly Toxic. If swallowed, comes into contact with skin or inhaled.

Precautionary statement examples: –

  • Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
  • Do not breath fumes, vapours or dust.
  • Wear protective clothing
  • Wash contaminated clothing before reuse
  • Use in a well ventilated area.

Places where this sign may be found: –

Methanol, Pesticides.

New symbol has replaced: –

Serious Health Hazard

What does this hazardous warning signs symbol mean?

May be fatal if swallowed, causes or may cause damage to organs. May cause cancer. May cause genetic defects.

Precautionary statement examples: –

  • If swallowed DO NOT induce vomiting.
  • If exposed seek medical advice.
  • If Swallowed call poison center immediately.
  • Always store locked up.

Places where this sign may be found: –

Petrol, Paraffin, Acids.

New symbol has replaced: –

Toxic to Aquatic Life

What does this hazardous warning signs symbol mean?

Very toxic to aquatic life.

Precautionary statement examples: –

  • Avoid release into the environment
  • Collect spillages.

Places where this sign may be found: –

Petrol, Paraffin, Acids.

New symbol has replaced: –

Oxidising

What does this hazardous warning signs symbol mean?

May cause or intensify fire. Oxidizing agent, may cause explosion.

Precautionary statement examples: –

  • Protect from sunlight
  • Keep container tightly closed
  • Keep away from naked flame.
  • Keep away from heat source.

Places where this sign may be found: –

Oxygen for medical purposes.

New symbol has replaced: –

Further Reading

Further reading on hazardous warning signs and CLP hazard pictograms can be found on the HSE website which can be seen by following the link below.