New chemical labels worry cleaning sector

Detergent makers fear new chemical labelling rules could reverse environmental gains made through concentrating their products

Corrosive substance labelMakers of industrial cleaning products are calling for a revision of UN labelling rules which they say could force them to dilute detergents, increasing their packaging, water use and transport weight.

The UN’s globally harmonised system of chemical classification and labelling was introduced in 2002 (ENDS Report 404, p 44). It includes classification criteria, warning symbols and labelling phases for hazardous substances and mixtures. Countries can pick which parts to implement.

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