UK’s Chemicals Labeling System
The UK Classification and Labeling Inventory is a comprehensive set of regulations governing the classification and labeling of chemicals in the United Kingdom.
These regulations are designed to protect human health and the environment by ensuring that the hazards associated with chemicals are properly communicated and managed.
The GB mandatory classification and labeling list covers a wide range of chemicals, including those used in industrial processes, as well as consumer products such as detergents, cosmetics, and paints. It is based on the United Nations’ Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), which provides a standardized approach to classifying and labeling chemicals.
Under the GB regulations, manufacturers and importers of chemicals are required to classify their products based on the hazards they pose and communicate those hazards to downstream users through appropriate labeling. The labeling must include signal words, hazard statements, pictograms and precautionary statements, all of which are standardized and internationally recognized. One of the most important features of the GB regulations is the concept of self-classification. This means that companies are responsible for identifying the hazards of their products and classifying them accordingly.
This can be a difficult task, particularly for smaller companies or those with limited expertise in classifying chemicals. That is why the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) provides guidance and support to these companies on the classification and labeling of chemicals.
See the list HERE.