CLP Pictograms

A hazard pictogram is an image on a label that includes a warning symbol and specific colours intended to provide information about the damage a particular substance or mixture can cause to our health or the environment. The CLP Regulation has introduced a new classification and labelling system for hazardous chemicals in the European Union. The pictograms have also changed and are in line with the United Nations Globally Harmonised System.

The new pictograms are in the shape of a red diamond with a white background, and will replace the old orange square symbols which applied under the previous legislation. Since 1 December 2010, some substances and mixtures have already been labelled according to the new legislation, but the old pictograms can still be on the market until 1 June 2017. Until then, you may find detergents, lamp oils or other products labelled with either the orange or white pictogram at your local supermarket or on the shelves of your local hardware store.

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Click on the pictograms to reach the relevant description

 

Image Gas under pressure
Symbol: Gas cylinder
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  • What does it mean? 
    Contains gas under pressure; may explode if heated.
    Contains refrigerated gas; may cause cryogenic burns or injury.

    Examples of where we can find it
    Gas containers

    Examples of precautionary statements
    Protect from sunlight
    Wear cold insulating gloves/face shield/eye protection.
    Get immediate medical advice/attention.
  • Symbols that will be phased out:

    There is no existing symbol for this hazard pictogram.

 

Image Explosive
Symbol: Exploding bomb
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  • What does it mean?
    Unstable explosive
    Explosive; mass explosion hazard
    Explosive; severe projection hazard
    Explosive; fire, blast or projection hazard
    May mass explode in fire

    Examples of where we can find it
    Fireworks, ammunition

    Examples of precautionary statements
    Obtain special instructions before use
    Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood
    Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. – No smoking
    Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection
    Use personal protective equipment as required
    Explosion risk in case of fire
  • Symbols that will be phased out:

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Image Oxidising
Symbol: Flame over circle
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  • What does it mean?
    May cause or intensify fire; oxidiser.
    May cause fire or explosion; strong oxidiser.

    Examples of where we can find it
    Bleach, oxygen for medical purposes
  • Examples of precautionary statements
    Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. – No smoking
    Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
    Rinse immediately contaminated clothing and skin with plenty of water before removing clothes.
  • Symbols that will be phased out:

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Image Flammable
Symbol: Flame
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  • What does it mean?
    Extremely flammable gas
    Flammable gas
    Extremely flammable aerosol
    Flammable aerosol
    Highly flammable liquid and vapour
    Flammable liquid and vapour
    Flammable solid

    Examples of where we can find it
    Lamp oil, petrol, nail polish remover
  • Examples of precautionary statements
    Do not spray on an open flame or other ignition source.
    Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces – No smoking
    Keep container tightly closed
    Keep cool
    Protect from sunlight
  • Symbols that will be phased out:

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Image Corrosive
Symbol: Corrosion
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  • What does it mean?
    May be corrosive to metals
    Causes severe skin burns and eye damage

    Examples of where we can find it
    Drain cleaners, acetic acid, hydrochloric acid, ammoniac
  • Examples of precautionary statements
    Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray
    Wash…thoroughly after handling
    Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection
    Store locked up
    Keep only in original container
  • Symbols that will be phased out:

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Image Health Hazard
Symbol: Exclamation Mark
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  • What does it mean?
    May cause respiratory irritation
    May cause drowsiness or dizziness
    May cause an allergic skin reaction
    Causes serious eye irritation
    Causes skin irritation
    Harmful if swallowed
    Harmful in contact with skin
    Harmful if inhaled
    Harms public health and the environment by destroying ozone in the upper atmosphere

    Examples of where we can find it
    Washing detergents, toilet cleaner, coolant fluid

    Examples of precautionary statements
    Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray
    Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area
    If inhaled: remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing
    If swallowed: call a POISON CENTER or a doctor/physician if you feel unwell
    Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
    If on skin: wash with plenty of soap and water
    If in eyes: rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lens, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
    Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
  • Symbols that will be phased out:

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Image Acute toxicity
Symbol: Skulls and Crossbones
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  • What does it mean?
    Fatal if swallowed
    Fatal in contact with skin
    Fatal if inhaled
    Toxic: if swallowed
    Toxic in contact with skin
    Toxic if inhaled

    Examples of where we can find it
    Pesticide, biocide, methanol
  • Examples of precautionary statements
    Wash... thoroughly after handling.
    Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
    If swallowed: immediately call a POISON CENTER or a doctor/physician
    Rinse mouth
    Store in a closed container
    Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing.
    Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
    If on skin: gently wash with plenty of soap and water
    Remove/take off immediately all contaminated clothing.
    Wash contaminated clothing before reuse.
    Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.
    Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area
    Wear respiratory protection
    If inhaled: Remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing
    Store locked up
  • Symbols that will be phased out:

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Image Serious health hazard
Symbol: Health hazard
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  • What does it mean?
    May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways
    Causes damage to organs
    May cause damage to organs
    May damage fertility or the unborn child
    Suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child
    May cause cancer
    Suspected of causing cancer
    May cause genetic defects
    Suspected of causing genetic defects
    May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled

    Examples of where we can find it?
    Turpentine, petrol, lamp oil

    Examples of precautionary statements
    If swallowed: immediately call a POISON CENTER or a doctor/physician
    Do NOT induce vomiting
    Store locked up
    Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.
    Wash thoroughly after handling.
    Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
    Get medical advice/attention if you feel unwell
    If exposed: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician
    Obtain special instructions before use
    Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood
    Use personal protective equipment as required
    If exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention
    Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray
    In case of inadequate ventilation wear respiratory protection
    If inhaled: If breathing is difficult, remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing
  • Symbols that will be phased out:

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Image Hazardous to the environment
Symbol: Environment
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  • What does it mean?
    Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects
    Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects

    Examples of where we can find it?
    Pesticides, biocides, petrol, turpentine

    Examples of precautionary statements
    Avoid release to the environment
    Collect spillage
  • Symbols that will be phased out:

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