Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations

Applies to EnglandApplies to WalesApplies to Scotland

Title: Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations

Category: England, Wales and Scotland Regulations

Date: 2002

Reference: SI 2002/1689 [Full text]

General Description:

The 2002 regulations revoke those of the same name published in 1994 (1994/3247).

The Regulations, often known as CHIP, describes the procedures for classifying dangerous substances and dangerous preparations and describes the safety data sheets which (with certain exceptions) are required to be provided when dangerous substances, dangerous preparations and certain other preparations are supplied. The Regulations requires that advertisements for dangerous substances and dangerous preparations must refer to the hazards presented by that dangerous substance or dangerous preparation.

The Regulations also impose requirements relating to the packaging of dangerous substances and dangerous preparations and  impose requirements in respect of the particulars that must be shown on the labels for such substances and preparations. Special labelling requirements for certain preparations are imposed as are the requirements in respect of the methods of marking and labelling packages which contain dangerous substances or dangerous preparations.

CHIP is intended to protect people and the environment from the harmful effects of dangerous chemicals by making sure users are supplied with information about the dangers. In broad terms, CHIP requires chemical suppliers to decide if the chemicals they supply are dangerous according to a set of rules. Dangerous chemicals must then be suitably packaged, provided with labels and accompanied by additional information for safe use (such as safety data sheets). Many chemicals such as cosmetics and medicines are outside the scope of CHIP and have their own specific regulatory regimes. However, biocides and plant protection products, which have their own specific laws, will have to be classified and labelled according to CHIP as of July 2004.

CHIP is the foundation of Great Britain's chemical control regime and affects a good deal of other legislation. Many regulations use the CHIP classifications to define the scope of specific actions; for example changes to the classification of a chemical can make it subject to the COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards Regulations) major hazard regime or can trigger specific workplace controls for a carcinogen under COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations).

Pertinence to Agriculture: Hazardous Substances, Pesticides, Labelling

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