New danger symbols are mandatory on
hazardous chemical products

As from 1 June 2017, no chemical products may
be offered anymore with the former danger symbols.

Nine new symbols in a white diamond pictogram with a red border replace the seven danger symbols with an orange background.

These new symbols are related to common chemical household products such as laundry and dishwasher products, detergents of different kinds, javel, floor care products, solvents, paints and drain cleaners, glue and dye, lacquers, white spirit, strippers, air fresheners, deodorizers, pesticieds and herbicides.

Labels on several chemical products -such as detergents and paints- have been adapted since June 2015 throughout Europe and in many countries worldwide. There was a transition period until 1 June 2017.

That means that, as from 1 June 2017, those selling these products are fully responsible for ensuring that they are labelled correctly.

The labels contain new danger pictograms, danger indications, precautions and signal words that provide more information on how hazardous chemical products can be used safely.

The environmental inspection will monitor compliance in the stores in the next few months.

Retailers therefore have to make sure that all their products are labelled with the new labels.

More information can be found at www.gevaarsymbolen.be or www.symbolesdanger.be.

2 June 2017

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