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Keywords: Hazardous materials, Regulations
The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999 - which is known as CHIP 99(2) - came into force on 1 January 2000, with suppliers of dangerous chemicals obliged to comply with it by 1 July 2000. The six-month transitional period is to minimise the cost of the regulations to suppliers by giving them time in which to make the necessary changes to labels and safety data sheets.
CHIP 99(2) introduces a fifth edition of Approved Supply List (ASL) - a document, based on EC Directives - which sets out classification and labelling information for several thousand commonly supplied chemical substances so that suppliers of those substances do not need to self-classify them. The new edition provides updated information on 380 substances and new information on 160 substances. It replaces the fourth edition and its supplement.
In addition, CHIP 99(2) introduces a fourth edition of the Approved Classification and Labelling Guide (ACLG). This sets out criteria to be used by suppliers when self-classifying chemicals not listed in the ASL and when assigning safety advice phrases. The new edition includes criteria for the assignment of two new additional hazard description phrases; two new safety advice phrases; new and/or revised criteria for assignment of safety advice phrases; revised criteria for some environmental effects and for the aspiration hazard; and revised criteria for peroxides and skin irritancy. It also clarifies and corrects a number of points from earlier editions. The new edition replaces the third edition.
Further information on various aspects of CHIP is available from HSE's Web site at http://www.open.gov.uk/hse/hsehome.htm
Subjects available on the Website include: the Complete Idiot's Guide to CHIP; how to obtain copies of the legislation and approved documents; European law on which CHIP is based; forthcoming changes to CHIP; commonly asked questions and a section on the Approved Supply List which links to a Website offering a free downloadable database including the technical information in the ASL.
Details available from: HSE's InfoLine. Tel: + 44 (0) 541 545500.