How do the new pictograms compare with the old hazard symbols?
The new symbols comprise nine pictograms that consist of red diamonds that contain a black symbol. Many look similar to the old symbols although they cover a different range of hazards. There are three completely new symbols. The symbol ‘X’ (harmful/irritant) is no longer used.
GHS01 – replaces ‘Explosive’
GHS02 – replaces ‘Flammable’
GHS03 – replaces ‘Oxidising substances’
GHS04 – NEW – gases under pressure will display this symbol (does not apply to aerosol products).
GHS05 – replaces ‘Corrosive’
GHS06 – replaces ‘Toxic’
GHS07 – NEW – indicates some chemicals formerly classified as HARMFUL or IRRITANT (X) and includes skin sensitising chemicals as well as high hazard and may cause damage to genetic material , be CMRs (carcinogens, mutagens and reproductive toxicants) or aspiratory hazards (related to breathing) and may target specific organs. This symbol also applies to substances that target specific organs.
GHS08 – NEW – indicates damage to genetic material: mutagens, carcinogens, sensitisers, aspiratory hazard and some high hazard substances that target specific organs.
GHS09 – replaces ‘Hazardous to aquatic environment’