There is a new appointment to categorize and label chemicals. This convention is named the Globally Harmonized System of classification and labelling of chemicals (GHS).
The ‘old’ labelling rules were in the Environmentally Hazardous Substances Act (In Dutch: Wet Milieugevaarlijke stoffen: WMS). This act is lifted. Enformcement of GHS is regulated by the Environmental Management Act (In Dutch: Wet Milieubeheer: WM).
The GHS has been in effect since 2009 in Europe, but there is a transition period until 2017.
After 2017 no more chemical products with old labels are allowed.
A simplified overview of the old and new labels has been included below.
For a detailed overview of the old and new labels and hazard statements see: Overview hazard classes and hazard categories.
Toxicity, irritation, sensitisation
hazardous to the aquatic environment
(for example carcinogenicity, toxic to reproduction etc)
gases under pressure