Hazard Guide

From the 01st June 2015 new hazard warning icons came into affect for all online businesses. The old icons, with the black and orange design, can still be shown on packaging up until 01st June 2017. Therefore we decided to create this simple guide to give you all the information you need when you come across these icons on our site.

 

Acute Toxicity

Acute Toxicity

What does it mean?
Fatal if swallowed, fatal in contact with skin, fatal if inhaled, toxic: if swallowed, toxic in contact with skin, toxic if inhaled

Examples of where you can find it:
Pesticide, biocide, methanol

Examples of precautionary statements:
Wash... thoroughly after handling.
Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
If swallowed: immediately call a POISON CENTER or a doctor/physician
Rinse mouth
Store in a closed container
Do not get in eyes, on skin, or on clothing.
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
If on skin: gently wash with plenty of soap and water
Remove/take off immediately all contaminated clothing.
Wash contaminated clothing before reuse.
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.
Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area
Wear respiratory protection
If inhaled: Remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing
Store locked up

 

Corrosive

Corrosive

What does it mean?
May be corrosive to metals, causes severe skin burns and eye damage

Examples of where you can find it:
Drain cleaners, acetic acid, hydrochloric acid, ammoniac

Examples of precautionary statements:
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray
Wash…thoroughly after handling
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection
Store locked up
Keep only in original container

 

Explosive

Explosive

What does it mean? 
Unstable explosive, mass explosion hazard, severe projection hazard, blast or projection hazard, may mass explode in fire

Examples of where you can find it:
Fireworks, ammunition

Examples of precautionary statements:
Obtain special instructions before use
Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. – No smoking
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection
Use personal protective equipment as required
Explosion risk in case of fire

 

Flammable

Flammable

What does it mean?
Extremely flammable gas, flammable gas, extremely flammable aerosol, flammable aerosol, highly flammable liquid and vapour, flammable liquid and vapour, flammable solid

Examples of where you can find it:
Lamp oil, petrol, nail polish remover

Examples of precautionary statements:
Do not spray on an open flame or other ignition source.
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces – No smoking
Keep container tightly closed
Keep cool
Protect from sunlight

 

Gas Under Pressure

Gas Under Pressure

What does it mean? 
Contains gas under pressure; may explode if heated, contains refrigerated gas, may cause cryogenic burns or injury.

Examples of where you can find it:
Gas containers

Examples of precautionary statements:
Protect from sunlight
Wear cold insulating gloves/face shield/eye protection
Get immediate medical advice/attention

 

Hazardous to the Environment

Hazardous to the Environment

What does it mean?
Very toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects, toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects

Examples of where you can find it:
Pesticides, biocides, petrol, turpentine

Examples of precautionary statements:
Avoid release to the environment
Collect spillage

 

Health Hazard / Hazardous to the Ozone Layer

Health Hazard / Hazardous to the Ozone Layer

What does it mean?
May cause respiratory irritation, may cause drowsiness or dizziness, may cause an allergic skin reaction, causes serious eye irritation, causes skin irritation, harmful if swallowed, harmful in contact with skin, harmful if inhaled, harms public health and the environment by destroying ozone in the upper atmosphere

Examples of where you can find it:
Washing detergents, toilet cleaner, coolant fluid

Examples of precautionary statements:
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray
Use only outdoors or in a well-ventilated area
If inhaled: remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing
If swallowed: call a POISON CENTER or a doctor/physician if you feel unwell
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
If on skin: wash with plenty of soap and water
If in eyes: rinse cautiously with water for several minutes. Remove contact lens, if present and easy to do. Continue rinsing.
Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.

 

Oxidising

Oxidising

What does it mean?
May cause or intensify fire; oxidiser, may cause fire or explosion, strong oxidiser

Examples of where you can find it:
Bleach, oxygen for medical purposes

Examples of precautionary statements:
Keep away from heat/sparks/open flames/hot surfaces. – No smoking
Wear protective gloves/protective clothing/eye protection/face protection.
Rinse immediately contaminated clothing and skin with plenty of water before removing clothes.

 

Serious Health Hazard

Serious Health Hazard

What does it mean?
May be fatal if swallowed and enters airways, causes damage to organs, may cause damage to organs, may damage fertility or the unborn child, suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child, may cause cancer, suspected of causing cancer, may cause genetic defects, suspected of causing genetic defects, may cause allergy or asthma symptoms or breathing difficulties if inhaled

Examples of where you can find it:
Turpentine, petrol, lamp oil

Examples of precautionary statements:
If swallowed: immediately call a POISON CENTER or a doctor/physician
Do NOT induce vomiting
Store locked up
Do not breathe dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray.
Wash thoroughly after handling.
Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product.
Get medical advice/attention if you feel unwell
If exposed: Call a POISON CENTER or doctor/physician
Obtain special instructions before use
Do not handle until all safety precautions have been read and understood
Use personal protective equipment as required
If exposed or concerned: Get medical advice/attention
Avoid breathing dust/fume/gas/mist/vapours/spray
In case of inadequate ventilation wear respiratory protection
If inhaled: If breathing is difficult, remove victim to fresh air and keep at rest in a position comfortable for breathing

 

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