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Warning labels undergo change

April 20, 2012

WASHINGTON — Familiar chemical warning labels on many household products will be changing over the coming years, according to a press release.

The changes are part of a United Nations (UN) sponsored program to harmonize the symbols and precautionary statements used on the labels on a global basis, the release stated.

According to the release, these labels are commonly found on a wide range of products, from dishwasher tablets, bleach and lime scale removers in the kitchen, to do-it-yourself (DIY) products such as paints, varnishes and adhesives and garden chemicals.

The design of the new symbols comprises a white diamond with red borders containing a black pictogram, the release noted.

"The regulations governing the new labels are an essential part of the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). They will make life easier for consumers when they travel and businesses when they import and export products because there will eventually only be one set of symbols to deal with throughout most of the world," said Stuart Longworth, chairman of the Chemical Hazards Communication Society (CHCS).

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