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Hazmat Labels – Everything You Need to Know

The use of hazmat labels (hazardous material label), as standard hazmat identifiers, serves to provide information about certain specifications of chemical substances and mixtures in accordance to the CLP Regulation which came into force in 2009 and was updated in 2015. The purpose of the CLP Regulation is to ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment. Concerning the labels the CLP specifies several clearly visible symbols and indications of danger for substances and preparations in the area of production, storage, usage and transport. However, besides the hazard pictograms required by CLP there are a number of further factors that need to be considered. These include the product identification, risk and safety phrases (hazard statement und precautionary statement), signal words (hazard and caution), subsidiary risks by EUH statements and the contact data or the adress of the manufacturer or the importer.

Classification of Small Volume Hazmat Labels and other CLP Exceptional Cases

The implementation of the REACH and CLP Regulation are real challenges for all concerned manufacturers and importers. In some cases, it is not possible to integrate all CLP requirements on the folded label, hanging label or product packaging. Acording to the article 29 of the CLP Regulation, the complexity of classification and labelling information for a substance can be reduced in some exceptional cases. The EU allows for labelling facilitations if the packaging of a hazardous material contains no more than 125 ml. Another case of derogation depends on the properties of the particular substance, for example if it proves corrosive to metals. In both cases texts for certain hazard classes can be left off the hazmat labels. Industrial products have more facilitations than do products for individual users.

Creating Hazmat Labels with SUMDAT Data Service

Choosing the correct hazmat labels and placards is vital for the safe handling and shipping of hazardous materials. Part of SUMDAT Data Service is the provision of labels in line with hazmat law for each country you need Safety Data Sheets for. Labels can be adjusted to your packaging with different sizes and formats. SUMDAT labels provide identification for bulk and stocked goods as well as a template with all hazmat information for the design of your retail packaging. SUMDAT also provides the optional small batch labelling feature in Section 15 of the Safety Data Sheet. The SUMDAT hazmat labels can be adjusted for small batch labelling, too.

Information Requirements According to CLP vs. Space Problems

Legal requirements for hazmat labels are hard to fulfill. Using multilingual labels or labelling smallest amounts (like ampulla or tablets) can cause a space problem for ideal and correct labelling. SUMDAT users can access a list with best practice after logging in on this website to find solutions for labelling your small packaging. All data Data existing or collected by Qualisys, if not otherwise agreed, will be provided and processed by the SUMDAT Desktop. The software allows pure screen output and individually configured printout regarding variety of documents such as Safety Data Sheets, operating instructions, material declaration sheets, matrix classification, substance lists, classification lists, lists of dangerous goods, disposal lists and customs register.