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Hazard pictograms

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Hazard pictograms alert us to the presence of a hazardous chemical.  The pictograms help us to know that the chemicals we are using might cause harm to people or the environment.  The CLP hazard pictograms are very similar to those used in the old labelling system and appear in the shape of a diamond with a distinctive red border and white background.  One or more pictograms might appear on the labelling of a single chemical.

CLP hazard pictograms

exploding bomb in red diamondExplosive (Symbol: exploding bomb)

flame in red diamondFlammable (Symbol: flame)

flame over circle in in red diamondOxidising (Symbol: flame over circle)

Red diamond containing hand and object being corroded by liquid poured from test tubeCorrosive (Symbol: Corrosion)

skull and crossbones in red diamondAcute toxicity (Symbol: Skull and crossbones)

dead tree and fish in red diamondHazardous to the environment (Symbol: Dead tree and fish)

You’ll see that the old 'harmful/irritant' symbol is missing. This has been replaced by the exclamation mark pictogram:

Orange square containing black X

exclamation mark in red diamondHealth hazard/Hazardous to the ozone layer (Symbol: Exclamation mark)

A couple of new pictograms have also been introduced:

head and shoulders with star over chest in red diamondSerious health hazard (Symbol: health hazard)

gas canister in red diamond Gas under pressure (Symbol: Gas cylinder)

Updated: 2020-10-01