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CD217 - A consultative document on proposals for new amending Regulations about the classification, packaging and labelling of chemicals: CHIP 3.2

This consultation ended on 4 July 2008

Summary

This consultation seeks comments on proposed amendments to the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply Regulations 2002 (CHIP). The amendments are necessary because Great Britain must implement into national legislation EC Directive 2006/8/EC, commonly known as the 2nd Adaptation to Technical Progress of the Dangerous Preparations Directive (the 2nd ATP).

The 2nd ATP makes changes to three of the annexes in the Dangerous Preparations Directive (DPD) which are technical in nature and have been agreed by experts from Member States after full consultation, discussion and scientific inquiry. The changes do not affect the main legal duties but do adjust:

  • the rules and procedures for classifying and labelling a chemical preparation containing carcinogens, mutagens or substances toxic for reproduction;
  • the generic concentration limits to be used for the evaluation of the hazards for the aquatic environment; and
  • the classification and labelling requirements for preparations containing ozone depleting substances;

As a result of some of the changes, suppliers may need to take account of any large quantities of newly re-classified chemicals they have stored on site at any one time to ensure that they comply with the Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations 1999 (as amended).

The proposed amendments also clarify and make more consistent the specified warning phrases on labels for certain preparations.

In addition to the changes to CHIP needed as a result of the 2nd ATP, this consultative document outlines several minor editorial changes to clarify existing requirements and correct errors which do not alter the existing requirements. HSE is also keen to hear your views on whether, in future, we continue to update and republish paper copies of the HSE’s Approved Supply List (ASL) given that the EC now has easily searchable and up-to-date electronic databases available on the Internet. (The ASL lists all the harmonised classifications and labelling requirements agreed at EU level).

To present your views, please make use of the online questionnaire, or download a form to complete.

Responses should be sent to:

Paul Howarth
International Chemicals Unit
Health and Safety Executive
9th Floor South Wing
Rose Court
2 Southwark Bridge
London. SE1 9HS

Updated 2011-07-15