Chemical Classification

Classification, Labelling & Packaging of Chemicals & Waste Products

By law, users have to be provided with information that tells them how hazardous are the chemicals and products that they handle and how can they use them safely.

If you supply hazardous chemicals or your products have hazardous ingredients you must:

  • Identify any hazards (dangers) in the chemicals i.e. use classification
  • Package the chemicals safely; and
  • Give information about the hazards to customers via labels on the packages.

Many businesses don’t realise that the rules they have to follow when they are classifying their products have changed, and a new set of hazard pictograms are now used.

The CLP Regulation [European Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures] introduced a new classification and labelling system for hazardous chemicals in the European Union.

Although waste is exempt from CLP e.g. labelling, the European Waste Framework Directive states that classification of waste as hazardous must be based on the CLP methodology.

This could mean that some wastes have been newly classified as hazardous and some companies will now find themselves dealing with hazardous consignments for the first time.

With our extensive experience of chemical classification, you can be sure of the correct information given in the right format for your customers.

We can classify your products for supply, transport and waste and advise you on how to package them safely.

We can advise you on what you need to put on your labels and help you design them to conform to the CLP Regulation and other regulations such as transport of dangerous goods, Biocidal Products, Detergents, and Aerosol Dispensers etc.

For further details please contact us – e-mail us at or call +44 (0)1407 749 299.
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Any chemical that could potentially cause harm is considered to be hazardous. The types of harm range from causing relatively mild skin or eye irritation to being poisonous if handled or could cause cancer. Some chemicals can also have significant impacts on the environment, including the air, water and land; and may also have adverse effects on plants and animals.
Hazardous chemicals can be everywhere e.g. in cleaning products, paints, pesticides, medicines, fuel and even in clothes.
GHS refers to the United Nations (UN) Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. The GHS was developed worldwide to minimise the differences between the national and regional systems for classification and labelling of substances and mixtures. The GHS is not legally binding and relies on the contracting signatories (in our case the EU) to implement it in their jurisdictions. GHS is implemented in the EU by Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on classification, labelling and packaging (CLP) of substances and mixtures.