Major overhaul of rules on supply of chemicals

Proposals for a comprehensive revision of Britain's regulations on the classification, packaging and labelling of chemicals and the provision of safety data - including, for the first time, environmental information - to users were issued by the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) on 13 July.1 Many of the revised rules are long overdue under EC legislation.

The draft Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging) - or CHIP - Regulations will replace the Classification, Packaging and Labelling of Dangerous Substances Regulations 1984.

The CHIP regulations will deal with both the supply and carriage of chemicals. The carriage requirements are based on UN recommendations and will involve very limited changes to the 1984 regulations. But the rules dealing with supply will be amended substantially.

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