How CLP affects other chemical law
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The classification of a substance or mixture does not, in itself, restrict, ban or otherwise limit the use or market of that substance or mixture. However as chemical classification is a fundamental part of the safe management, handling and use of chemicals. It is often used as a starting point for other specific controls or protective measures. In many case these measures are set out in other legislation which refers to classification and labelling laws.
Affected chemical laws
Other chemical legislation which refers to the CLP Regulation includes:
- REACH Regulation – restrictions can be affected by classification. For example, substances classified as either a Category 1A or 1B carcinogen, mutagen or toxic for reproduction, cannot be supplied to the general public.
- Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) – the more severe the classification, the more likely the substance is to attract additional control measures under COSHH.
- Control of Major Accident Hazards (COMAH) – certain classifications will result in COMAH controls applying to sites handling or storing them if tonnage thresholds are met.
- Biocidal Products Regulation (BPR) – certain classifications are used in the authorisation/approval process under biocides legislation.
- Plant Protection Products Regulation (PPPR) – certain classifications are used as exclusion criteria for approved use under PPPR.
- Management of Health and Safety at Work (MHSW) – the classification of chemicals may need to be taken into account when managing pregnant workers or to ensure the protection of young people at work.
- Cosmetics Regulation – substances with certain classifications are prohibited for being used in cosmetic products.