Our Safety Labels are changing

Posted in Firwood News Update by Firwood Paints on May 6th 2015

Firwood introduces new labels for industrial paint to comply with Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labelling of Products (CLP).


What is Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS)?

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) was created by the United Nations to put in place a globally consistent criteria relating to hazardous chemicals including the labelling and safety data sheets.It is not just the shape and display of the old symbols that this has affected, a complete new system has been implemented and this has replaced the various standards and classification of chemicals that have previously been adopted by various countries.

Businesses manufacturing, importing, packing, distributing or handling chemicals mixtures have been made aware that from 01 June 2015 GHS conformity becomes a legal requirement and supersedes all previous classification systems, including CHIP regulations. Gone are the square orange boxes, GHS labels are printed with easily recognisable pictograms in black surrounded by a red diamond.

The objective of this classification is to simplify and communicate hazard information. Our product formulations have not changed it is just the way we classify and present the hazards of handling and using our products.

As manufacturers of industrial paints and coatings this affects our labelling and Material Safety Data Sheets.



Further information about Chemical Classification can be found on www.hse.gov.uk or contact your Firwood Account Manager.


Firwood – A Leading UK Manufacturer of Industrial Paints and Coatings

For more information about any of Firwood's products including the professional range of industrial paints please get in touch today by calling 01204 525231 or email websales@firwood.co.uk



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