Ordinance on Hazardous Substances
Substances and products, of which certain hazards can pose a risk to the health of individuals due to their physical or (eco)toxicological properties, are referred to as “hazardous substances”. To ensure knowledge about the proper handling of hazardous substances, there exist, among others, laws, Technical Rules for Hazardous Substances (TRGS) and voluntary labelling schemes such as GISCODE and EMICODE. The information as to whether a product is classified as a hazardous substance* or which hazards arise from it can be found in the packaging label or the safety data sheet.
* For a detailed explanation, see the glossary under the term Hazardous substance.
The self-service regulation (Federal Law Gazette II No. 251/2015) contains for certain chemical products (substances, mixtures) * a strict self-service ban on the distribution to private final consumers. Other products may only be delivered in self-service if special safety precautions are observed.
* For detailed explanation, see consolidated in Federal Law: Entire legislation for self-service regulation, version of 18/03/2016
All regulations and guidelines relating to hazardous substances can be downloaded via the homepage of the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) and the Federal Chancellery of Austria (RIS).
The CLP Regulation (Regulation on the Classification, Labeling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures) is also known as the Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on the Classification, Labeling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures, also known as the GHS Regulation (derived from the implementation of the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals into the EU).
In force since 2009, the regulation aims to ensure a high level of protection for people and the environment. Harmonisation is intended to ensure the free movement of goods within the common internal European transport of chemicals, mixtures and certain specific products.
Hazardous substance symbols and sentences
The constituents of a chemical and the properties of a product lead to labelling with hazard and safety instructions (P- and H-phrases), as well as the associated symbols of hazardous substances. All specifications, such as the contents and also the minimum sizes of the notes on the containers, are regulated by law and serve above all to protect the respective user.
EMICODE® is a trademark-protected seal and describes the emission behavior of flooring installation and construction products. These include, among others, fillers, sealants, adhesive tapes, parquet lacquers and adhesives. The environmental and interior hygiene certification mark has been awarded by the GEV (Community Emissions-Controlled Laying Materials, Adhesives and Construction Products, Dusseldorf) since 1997 to products from manufacturers that undergo strict quality controls and regular review.
EMICODE® is subdivided into the following 3 emission classes based on the strictly defined GEV test method (emission test chamber) and the GEV classification criteria:
EMICODE® EC 1: Very low emission
EMICODE® EC 2: low emission
EMICODE® EC 3: Not low in emissions
The following requirements are placed on the maximum emissions of emission-controlled products.
EC 1 PLUS
after 3 days TVOC
after 28 days TVOC / TSVOC
≤ 60 / 40
≤ 100 / 50
≤ 300 / 100
CE marking confirms that the product manufacturer, with his product, complies with the requirements of the underlying European standard or admission requirements. Products with a harmonised EN standard (or ETAG) must be CE marked and the manufacturer must demonstrate quality assurance measures.
The EAN code (European article number) as a known numerical code contains the country of origin, the manufacturer and the manufacturer-specific article number. This code is usually displayed as a numeric keypad and as a machine-readable barcode on the container. Above all, it serves the automatic handling of intra-company goods traffic at the manufacturer and also at its dealers.
The GISCODE is the assignment of products to a product group. With the help of this code, it is possible to group together products posing the same health hazards. For each of these groups, product information was created that applies to all products grouped together.
This enables a simple and quick selection of the necessary protective measures for the respective product.
The labelling is carried out by the manufacturer on the safety data sheets as well as the product packages and data sheets on their own responsibility.
With the Green Dot, the manufacturer proves that he will pay for the subsequent disposal of the packaging by paying for a licence. This will ensure that the package is disposed of by a merchant, free of charge to the buyer after use.
The steering wheel symbol represents an EU-wide CE marking and documents compliance with the European Marine Equipment Directive 96/98/EC, which confirms the suitability of the ship’s equipment for the respective product. The existence of a defined fire test is a prerequisite. Only materials that pass the rigorous tests have the approval of the MED (Marine Equipment Directive) and are allowed to use the steering wheel according to IMO (International Marine Organization) as a mark of conformity.
However, this information does not claim to be complete and does not exempt the user from the obligation to familiarise himself with all necessary occupational and environmental protection measures based on original texts, product information and safety data sheets.