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The CoSHH Hazard Symbols and their meanings

The CoSHH Hazard Symbols and their meanings

If you work with hazardous substances, which you more than likely do, you’re probably familiar with the orange symbols that you find on the containers of these hazardous materials.

But as of 2015, new European regulations have begun to “phase out” these old symbols to replace them with new, more accurate & more easily identifiable symbols.

What is GHS?

These new symbols are part of the internationally agreed system called the “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals”. So, GHS is the international system which has been designed so that there’s consistency in the way hazardous substances are classified and in the way information is provided about them on labels and Safety Data Sheets in all countries. Fortunately for those people who work with hazardous substances, you don’t need to memorise all this information; just the standard, recognised set of warning symbols and their meanings.

The new symbols

As part of our updated CoSHH Online Training course, we have designed a poster to help familiarise workplaces with the newly-updated symbols. Here it is:

CoSHH Symbols Poster
The CoSHH symbols and their meanings

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