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Our chemical labels are subject to change  


Watco's resident chemists have collated key information on international updates to hazard labels for your added safety when using our products - they've even included a handy example of our new Material Safety Data Sheets! Get up to date with the latest changes to chemical signage now: 



The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an internationally agreed-upon system, created by the United Nations. It is designed to replace the various classification and labelling standards used in different countries for hazardous products. GHS labels and Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) will have different layouts, symbols and hazard statements, than our current labels and MSDS. Not all products are classified as Hazardous. Even under GHS some products will be Non–Classified and will not require any hazard labelling. A hazard label is made up of specific symbols (known as ‘pictograms’) and warnings. These pictograms and the wording that supports them are set out in law and suppliers must use them where hazardous properties have been identified.


When will these changes happen? 

  • -Any new product made after 1st June 2015 will have to be labelled in GHS Format
  • -Existing stock (made before June 2015) can be sold until June 2017
  • -After 1st June 2017 any product carrying CHIP style hazard labels cannot be sold 

Watco’s GHS MSDS will be ready for June 2015. As labelled stock for products made before June 2015 moves through the system, customers may see hazards expressed in the old CHIP format. The label will appear different to the new style GHS format on the MSDS. This is expected to be an industry norm during the changeover period. Watco is fully complying with the regulations and the appearance of the two different formats is only temporary.

Sections 2 and 16 of the new GHS MSDS include the old hazard classification which people are familiar with, so this should resolve most queries. If a customer has any other query regarding the new system we can be contacted on 01483 418 418.


Main points of the new GHS Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

GHS hazard pictograms convey health, physical and environmental hazard information:

Signal Words

"Danger" (Fr – Danger, De- Gefahr) or "Warning" (Fr- Attention, De- Achtung) will be used to emphasise hazards.

For example:

"Danger" for the more severe hazards

"Warning" for the less severe hazards

This is a quick and easy way to distinguish the severity of hazard that the product poses.


Hazard Statements

Standard phrases assigned to a hazard class and category that describe the nature of the hazard. These Replace the Risk phrases (R phrases) we have now.

For example:

H302 Harmful if Swallowed, H312 Harmful in contact with skin.


R21/22 Harmful in contact with skin and if swallowed.


Precautionary Statements

Measures to minimise or prevent adverse effects. There are four types of precautionary statements covering prevention, response in cases of accidental spillage or exposure, storage, and disposal. These replace the Safety Phrases (S phrases) we have now.

For example:

P270: Do not eat, drink or smoke when using this product


S20/21 When using do not eat, drink or smoke



Table of changes in symbols/pictograms 



Old CHIP Symbols



New GHS Symbols















 Dangerous for the environment


Two new symbols have been introduced 


 Serious health hazards


 Contains gas under pressure





A GHS MSDS should provide comprehensive information about the chemical product that allows employers and workers to obtain concise, relevant and accurate information that can be put in perspective with regard to the hazards, uses and risk management of the chemical product in the workplace. The MSDS should contain 16 sections: 

1. Identification
2. Hazard(s) identification
3. Composition/ information on ingredients
4. First-aid measures
5. Fire-fighting measures
6. Accidental release measures
7. Handling and storage
8. Exposure control/ personal protection
9. Physical and chemical properties
10. Stability and reactivity
11. Toxicological information
12. Ecological information
13. Disposal considerations
14. Transport information
15. Regulatory information
16. Other information

Example of updated MSDS for Watco Concrex Deepfill








Concrex Deepfill Safety Data Sheet - curing agent 


Concrex Deepfill Safety Data Sheet - resin



Still can't find the info you're looking for? Contact our technical advisors for more information on 855-627-6350.

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