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CLP Symbols: What Do They Mean?

What does CLP stand for?

Classification, Labelling and Packaging of substances and mixtures 

Hazard symbols alert us to the presence of a hazardous chemical. The symbols help us to know that the chemicals we are using might cause harm to people or the environment. 

The GB CLP hazard symbols appear in the shape of a diamond with a distinctive red border and white background. 

One or more symbol might appear on the labelling of a single chemical. Below outlines what they all mean and where you may come across them.

Health Hazard / Hazardous to the ozone layer

Health Hazard/Hazardous to the ozone layer

What does it mean?

  • May cause respiratory irritation
  • May cause drowsiness or dizziness
  • May cause an allergic skin reaction
  • Causes serious eye and skin irritation
  • Harmful if swallowed, in contact with skin or inhaled
  • Harms public health & environment by destroying ozone in the upper atmosphere

Examples of where it can be found: Washing detergents, toilet cleaner, coolant

Corrosive

What does it mean?

  • May be corrosive to metals
  • Causes severe skin burns and eye damage

Examples of where it can be found: Drain cleaners, acetic acid, hydrochloric acid, ammoniac

Flammable

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 it can be found: Lamp oil, petrol, nail polish remover

Oxidising

What does it mean?

  • May cause or intensify fire; oxidiser.
  • May cause fire or explosion; strong oxidiser.

Examples of where it can be found: Bleach, oxygen for medical purposes

Hazardous to the environment

What does it mean?

  • Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects
  • Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects

Examples of where it can be found: Pesticides, biocides, petrol, turpentine

Serious health hazard

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 it can be found: Turpentine, petrol, lamp oil

Explosive

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 it can be found: Fireworks, ammunition

Acute toxicity

What does it mean?

  • Fatal if swallowed, in contact with skin or inhaled
  • Toxic: if swallowed, in contact with skin or inhaled

Examples of where it can be found: Pesticide, biocide, methanol

Gas under pressure

What does it mean?

  • Contains gas under pressure; may explode if heated
  • Contains refrigerated gas; may cause cryogenic burns or injury

Examples of where it can be found: Gas containers

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