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Up to 1 December 2010, Brick Acid labelling is governed by the CHiP Regulations, a set of regulations known in full as 'The Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009'. After 1 December 2010, Brick Acid labelling is goverened by CLP Regulations (EC) Number 1272/2008.
The European Union classifies Brick Acid as a 'Corrosive' substance which can cause burns to skin and eyes and Brick Acid is an 'Irritant' to the respiratory system. In case of contact with eyes, you should rinse immediately with plenty of water, removing contact lenses and seek urgent medical advice. In case of accident or if you feel unwell, you should seek medical advice immediately, showing the label where possible.
Brick Acid is widely available from a number of sources and in a variety of strengths, according to its intended use. However, it must be remembered that Brick Acid in any strength has potential to cause serious injury. It is, therefore, recommended that Brick Acid be purchased from a reputable supplier with a proven track record.
It is recommended that you select a supplier with approved Quality and Environmental accreditations to a number of internationally-recognised standards. Some of these accreditations might include ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System, BS 8555 Environmental System, ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System and IIP (Investors in People). By purchasing Brick Acid from a reliable source, you will have greater assurance that it has been produced in a Quality and Environmentally aware manner, and with due regard to the safety of the workforce.
A reputable Brick Acid supplier will produce the material in accordance with all current legislation and will pack, label and transport Brick Acid in line with all current Health and Safety requirements. Additionally, a reputable supplier of Brick Acid will have the necessary qualified persons to provide technical advice and support to those persons who intend to use or work with Brick Acid.
Brick Acid may be available in a number of concentrations; for example Regular Strength Brick Acid of up to 15% concentration and High Strength Brick Acid of about 30% concentration.
Two forms of markings are needed on the labels of Brick Acid; one is the classification including Hazards and Health & Safety information; the other requirement is marking for transport. Classification of the product can be either according to CHiP (Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging) for Supply Regulations or CLP 1272.2008 (Classification, Labelling and Packaging) Regulation.
CLP Regulations take over from CHiP Regulations on 1 December 2010, but CHiP may continue to be used until 1 June 2015 as there is a 'crossover' period of approximately 5 years. Either CHiP format or CLP can be used on their own but the two formats may not be mixed on the label design.
According to CHiP Regulations, the labelling consists of a Hazard symbol with an orange box containing a letter 'X' in bold black; this is to represent an 'Irritant' product. The lettering associated with Brick Acid is 'Xi' for 'Irritant'. Risk Phrases for Brick Acid are combined into R36/37/38 which means "Irritating to eyes, respiratory system and skin"; this phrase will appear on the label but the coding R number is not required.
Brick Acid has the following Safety Phrases which appear on the label:-
The label must also include contact details of the supplier with address and telephone numbers, nominal pack sizes and product names. When sold to the public, the label must include S2; Keep out of reach of children.
Brick Acid High Strength is classified as follows according to CHiP:-
The symbol used on Brick Acid High Strength labels is an orange box with a black corroding hand and surface.
Safety Phrases are:-
Hazard Pictograms according to CLP regulations are red-sided, white diamonds with (i) corroding hand and surface and (ii) an exclamation mark.
Hazard Statements are:-
The product is classed as Skin Corrosion Category 1B and Specific Target Organ Toxicity Single Exposure Category 3 (STOT)SE3.
A reputable Brick Acid supplier will also be able to supply MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheets) for any strength of Brick Acid. These important information sheets highlight the main potential hazards and indicate what action should be taken in event of an accident. MSDS should always be carefully read and understood before handling Brick Acid.
Brick Acid may release a strong odour, particularly High Strength Brick Acid which is widely available. For this reason, Brick Acid should always be handled in a well-ventilated area and if this is not available, fume extraction should be used or a respirator should be worn.
For further information on other aspects of Brick Acid, including Transporting Brick Acid, Brick Acid Safety and Brick Acid Hazards, please refer to the relevant pages of this information website.
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