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In accordance with the new EU legislation on the European classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures - (CLP) – the Cromax® brand is changing its product labels from January 2014. The CLP regulation ensures that the hazards posed by certain chemicals are clearly explained to workers and consumers in the EU through clear classification and labelling. It will bring the EU into line with the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). In time, this worldwide standard will replace the old European labelling systems.
Kim Clarke, Cromax® brand manager EMEA, says, “we take our responsibility to protect the health and safety of our customers and end-users seriously. For this reason we are moving quickly to get these new labels in circulation. Our revised product labels will be introduced from January 2014. The paint products in the tins won’t change.”
The legislation requires, amongst other things, new style pictograms - red-bordered diamonds to replace the old orange   squares. Below these new shapes will be a single word signalling the hazard level. For example, Danger will be used to indicate a more severe hazard than Warning. These words replace the old risk level classifications such as Toxic orHarmful.

Clarke says, “the changes required are broad. It is vitally important for our customers and end-users to understand not only the reasons for the new labels, but also what they mean, so we have created a short video that explains everything. We trust it will be a helpful resource for anyone who is looking for further information on the CLP rules. For added clarity for our customers, our Safety Data Sheets, which can also be downloaded from our website, will show both types of classification until the end of the interim period on 1 June 2015.”
More information about the CLP requirements is available at http://echa.europa.eu/regulations/clp.

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