2nd May, 2017
COSHH symbols, or more formally, CLP symbols, are pictograms that provide information about the hazard a particular substance or mixture creates.
To help you remember them, we have created a free COSHH symbols PDF download.
This handy 1 page PDF can be used for a toolbox talk, as a quick refresher, for you and your team.
We have done several blog posts before about COSHH symbols and what they mean, and the old orange square symbols are finally being phased out on 1st June 2017.
CLP stands for the classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures (CLP Regulation), which is a European Regulation.
The CLP Regulation ensures that the hazards presented by chemicals are clearly communicated to workers and consumers in the European Union through classification and labelling of chemicals.
The new CLP symbols have actually been around since 2010, so you should have seen them about on substance data sheets and on the packaging of hazardous substances for some time.
So why are we calling these COSHH symbols if they are not actually part of the Control of Hazardous Substances (COSHH) Regulations.
Well, they are often referred to as COSHH symbols because they are the symbols applied to many of the hazardous substances covered by the COSHH Regulations, and when you are doing your COSHH assessment, it is important to understand what hazards are present.
You may want to use or refer to these symbols in your COSHH assessment.