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FLASH POINT TESTS FOR COSMETICS & FRAGRANCE INDUSTRIES

13/6/2016

Setaflash helps cosmetic organisations comply with CLP regulations

The purpose of a flash point test is to determine whether the vapour/air mixture of a specimen is flammable or at what temperature the vapour/air mixture is flammable. This is a key parameter for ensuring compliance regarding the safety and transportation of cosmetic products, which includes candles and fragrances.

CLP (Classification, Packaging and Labelling of dangerous substances and preparation regulation) EC No 1272/2008, is the EU regulation by which the United Nations’ Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of classifying and labelling chemicals is legally implemented in the EU to ensure that the hazards presented by chemicals are clearly communicated to workers and consumers through the correct classification and labelling of chemicals and products.

Products are assigned hazard “classes” which must be identified on the product using an internationally recognised system of labels. The label is the primary source of information about the product’s identity, safe use, transport, storage and disposal measures to be taken during use and in case of emergencies. CLP regulations include new hazard pictograms which includes the flammable symbol.

The measurement of flash point is specified in standards issued by ISO, CEN, ASTM and others. These standards specify flash point values used for quality control purposes as well as for ascertaining the flammability risk. By identifying the flash point or flammability of a liquid or semi-solid substance or mixture, suppliers can correctly classify their hazard potential.

Ideal for the cosmetics and fragrance industry, the Setaflash range ensures ease of use. Operator skill and expertise is kept to a minimum, meaning tests can be performed in-house thus avoiding the cost or delay of outsourcing. Results are provided quickly and only a small sample size is required, reducing the cost and waste per test.

In order to allow manufacturers and suppliers time to implement the new labelling legislations; CLP has gradually been introduced with a final deadline of June 2017. It is a criminal offence to fail to comply with CLP regulations which can result in fines and / or imprisonment. Cosmetic companies may put themselves at risk of incurring significant losses each year because of hazardous shipping violations and the consequences of not undertaking due diligence.

If you are an organisation who produces and distributes cosmetic fragrances and would like more information on how Setaflash can help you to comply with CLP regulations, please email marketing@stanhope-seta.co.uk

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