By the date set in the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation, the European Chemicals Agency submitted to the European Commission its study on communication of information on the safe use of chemicals to the general public.
The study provides insights on how to further improve hazard communication to EU citizens. It highlights some key key points, including:
- Awareness amongst the general public of the new international hazard labels which appear on the packaging of chemical substances is mostly low but consumers rarely purchase these chemicals, the labels are relatively new and awareness will surely grow. However, work is needed at national, industry and EU level both to raise awareness and, crucially, understanding of what the labels mean.
- Most people make their choices on the safe use and storage of household chemical products on the basis of their acquaintance with the product as well as other emotional drivers which rely more on experience than on information found on the package. Awareness-raising activities therefore also need to take into account these emotional and experience-based drivers.
The remaining key points and complete study can be found on the ECHA website: http://www.echa.europa.eu/web/guest/view-article/-/journal_content/37a61697-8fbe-4766-baa6-22fdad2ba1f6
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