What is the meaning of the exclamation mark GHS CLP?

Unlike the very specific hazard pictograms, such as for example the flame symbol, the meaning of the exclamation mark in GHS CLP is of a more general nature. In short: There are several different hazards indicated by the exclamation mark. Moreover, this pictogram can be replaced by other pictograms. What are the hazards that may [...]

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Unravelling the legal term: Hazardous substance with low risk

Working with a hazardous substance with low risk significantly reduces the occupational health and safety effort for this substance. This is already evident in its definition as a low risk substance. Definition of hazardous substance with low risk The term "hazardous substance" and the attribute "low risk" are both terms from the Ordinance on Hazardous [...]

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Correct internal labelling of hazardous substances

Internal labelling of hazardous substances is always required for any activities involving hazardous substances. This is of particular interest where decanted moveable vessels, intermediate products, samples or wastes are concerned. In such cases, the exact determination of hazards is not always possible due to unknown components. How can internal labelling be implemented correctly despite these [...]

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The link between “damaging to eyes” and “skin corrosive” in the EU law on hazardous substances

Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 (CLP), the law on hazardous substances at European level for the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, distinguishes between harmful effects on the eye and on the skin.  Both effects have their own classification criteria and categories. Nevertheless, the mixture classification of the eye effect also depends on the [...]

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What is log Pow? The O/W partition coefficient in SDSs

In Section 12 of the safety data sheets, you can frequently encounter phrases such as "log Kow", "log Pow" or "log pOW” in connection with the bioaccumulation potential. What is behind these values? Which ones are used and when? What are the implications of these values for the bioaccumulation potential? Definition "log Kow" is a [...]

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The Ordinance on Hazardous Substances has been updated. What is new?

An updated Ordinance on Hazardous Substances (GefStoffV) has been available since November. This update provides continuity with the European Regulation (EC) No. 1272/2008 (CLP) and its designations. The regulation for the implementation of Directive 2014/27/EU and the amendment to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulations describes, among other things, these amendments to the Ordinance on [...]

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Storage class 10-13, is it worthwhile to be specific?

According to the Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances 510 – Storage of hazardous substances in non-stationary containers – it is possible to indicate storage class 10-13. But is it worthwhile to be more specific about the storage class? In TRGS 510, the storage class was introduced as a system for classifying hazardous substances in order [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:28:43+02:00November 2016|Hazardous Substances, Occupational Safety, Safety Data Sheets|Comments Off on Storage class 10-13, is it worthwhile to be specific?

Retention period for safety data sheets

Retention of documents is an important topic, especially in terms of the law on hazardous substances. The REACH Regulation regulates the disclosure of information, also through the use of safety data sheets. As a result, every involved party, from the manufacturer / importer to intermediaries and the end consumer, receives documents that have a specified [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:29:06+02:00October 2016|General, Hazardous Substances, Occupational Safety, Safety Data Sheets|Comments Off on Retention period for safety data sheets

Penetration and wearing time for protective gloves

Penetration time and wearing time are generally not the same. What is the difference and what is the maximum length of time protective gloves should be worn? Penetration time Section 8.2.2 of the safety data sheets contains information on skin protection, particularly in relation to protective gloves. Glove material, material strength and penetration time form [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:29:30+02:00October 2016|General, Hazardous Substances, Occupational Safety, Safety Data Sheets|Comments Off on Penetration and wearing time for protective gloves

Dust limit values, the difference between “E” and “A” dust fractions

In occupational health and safety and when working with hazardous substances, terms like smoke, dust, "E" dust or "A" dust are often mentioned. These terms are clearly defined in the statutory provisions and Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances. The difference between smoke and dust and the reason dust is harmful to the lungs are summarized [...]

By |2018-09-10T14:29:48+02:00October 2016|General, Hazardous Substances, Occupational Safety, Safety Data Sheets|Comments Off on Dust limit values, the difference between “E” and “A” dust fractions