‘Classification’ of a chemical is a scientific assessment of whether it can cause harm – for example whether it has the potential to cause cancer, explode, irritate the eyes, etc.
Chemicals are classified so that people using them – either in industry or as consumers – can understand any hazardous effects they could have on human health or the environment and to protect against that harm.
Classification is about identifying hazards, not controlling risks. It’s about getting the information needed for decisions about risk control to be made, so that chemicals can be produced, transported, used and disposed of safely.
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