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20 April 2015

Introducing one of the new CLP pictograms

Serious health hazard

Serious Health Hazard

• May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways.
• Causes / may cause damage to organs.
• May damage / suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child.
• May cause / suspected of causing cancer.
• May cause / suspected of causing genetic defects.
• May cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled.

Consumers purchasing a product that contains a hazardous chemical may have noticed a new look and feel of the labels since December 2010. The change isn't just related to the way the labels look – it also introduces three new pictograms, new signal words and new statements. The 'radiant man' is one of the new pictograms warning about a serious health hazard.

CLP labels are intended to give an immediate visual reminder of chemical hazards, and to give clear and concise precautionary information, including both an indication of the hazard and the recommended precautionary action. They attract attention to the degree of hazard associated with the chemicals in the product. The visual reminders aim to reinforce precautionary behaviour and protect human health and the environment.

Both precautionary statements and hazard statements are standardised. Hazard statements define the nature and, where appropriate, also the degree of hazard. Precautionary statements describe recommended measures to be taken in the case of exposure, to minimise or prevent adverse effects.

To understand the severity of the damage that the product may cause, the Globally Harmonised System (GHS) prescribes one of two signal words for labels. Depending on the hazard classification of the substance in question, the signal word is either "danger" or "warning". Danger is used for more severe hazard categories, while warning denotes a less serious hazard. A number of studies found that the presence of a signal word increased the perceived hazard and that, overall, participants recognised danger as the key word.

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