Globally Harmonized System PICTOGRAMS

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Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an internationally agreed-upon standard managed by the United Nations that was set up to replace the assortment of hazardous material classification and labelling schemes previously used around the world.

PICTOGRAMS

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May explode if exposed to fire, heat, shock, friction.

  • Avoid ignition sources
    (sparks, flames, heat)
  • Keep your distance
  • Wear protective clothing

 

Flammable if exposed to ignition sources, sparks, heat. Some substances with this symbol may give off flammable gases in contact with water.

  • Avoid ignition sources
    (sparks, flames, heat)
  • Keep your distance
  • Wear protective clothing

 

Can burn even without air, or can intensify fire in combustible materials.

  • Avoid ignition sources
    (sparks, flames, heat)
  • Keep your distance
  • Wear protective clothing

 

Contains gas under pressure. Gas released may be very cold. Gas container may explode if heated.

  • Do not heat containers
  • Avoid contact with skin and eyes

 

Corrosive material which may cause skin burns and permanent eye damage.

  • Avoid contact with skin and eyes
  • Do not breathe vapours or sprays
  • Wear protective clothing

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May corrode metals.

  • Keep away from metals

 

Toxic material which may cause life threatening effects even in small amounts and with short exposure.

  • Do not swallow the material, allow it to come into contact with skin or breathe it

 

May cause serious and prolonged health effects on short or long term exposure.

  • Do not swallow the material, allow it to come into contact with skin or breathe it
 

May cause irritation (redness, rash) or less serious toxicity.

  • Keep away from skin and eyes
  • Avoid release to the environment

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May damage the ozone layer.

  • Avoid release to the environment

 

Toxic to aquatic organisms and may cause long lasting effects in the environment.

  • Avoid release to the environment

 

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Legislation (Introduction) Brexit Transport: Modal Regulations
International Legislation GHS Pictograms
European Legislation EU Law Making Process
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Waste EU Circular Economy Package  Transport: Model Regulations
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