The hazard pictograms must appear as a diamond on the label and must have a black symbol on a white background with a red frame.
If you are required to have a large number of pictograms on your label, you can reduce the amount of pictograms displayed on your product label by taking into account precedence rules i.e. if your label carries the skull and crossbones the exclamation mark should not appear. Further information can be found on the European Chemicals Agency website (www.echa.com).
- Signal word. This indicates the level of severity or degree of danger of the product. The product label will either display the word “Warning” or “Danger”.
- Hazard statements. The hazard statements will describe the nature of the hazards of a hazardous substance or mixture and in some cases the degree of hazard. The text in these statements is standardised and must correspond to CLP Annex III.
- Precautionary statements. The precautionary statements recommend the measures to be taken to minimise or prevent adverse effects. The CLP Regulations recommend a maximum of six precautionary statements to be included on the product label.
- Supplemental information. This includes additional information that may be present in the product and will be useful for the customer e.g. EUH001 phrases.
Some companies may sell their products in a number of different countries. The CLP Regulations requires the label to be printed in the official language of the country where the product is placed on the market. It can be a difficult task to print a number of different labels for your products and so the Regulations allow for the use of a multi-modal label e.g. French, German and English if the product is sold in Germany, France and England. It is important to note that each language must be grouped together on the label.