From the moment we open our eyes in the morning, our brains take in visual information which is interpreted and influences our behaviour. For example, if we look out the window to see that it is raining outside, we will be sure to dress appropriately before venturing outdoors. Some of the warnings our eyes provide may be trivial, but we heed them anyway and take action. How much more important it is that we are warned of situations which may significantly effect our health and wellbeing!
It has long been known that the human brain excels at processing large amounts of visual information. One of the most fascinating features of our brains is that we can deal with pictures just as effectively as we can real, three-dimensional objects. For example, a young child does not have to be taught that a simply drawn picture of a smiling face represents that of a real person – they get it instinctively.
For hundreds of years, this ability to recognize images and symbols has been used to communicate effectively and efficiently with large numbers of people. The road signs most of us encounter on a daily basis are a good example: on a sign warning of road works ahead, our eyes quickly recognize the image of a labourer digging with a shovel. There is no need for a lengthy explanation text with the sign. We can even learn to identify abstract symbols, such as an exclamation mark or red triangle, with certain hazards and take appropriate action.
CLP Regulation Warning Signs
With all this in mind, it is no wonder that CLP regulation warning diamonds have been so successful in reducing accidents in work and industrial environments. Once we mentally associate a certain symbol with the hazard it represents, we will often take steps to protect ourselves without even consciously thinking about it. CLP labels are so successful because they alert handlers of hazardous materials and substances by means of clear and well-designed pictograms which communicate directly to our brains what is needed to stay safe. Pictorial information even crosses language barriers, as symbols can be understood anywhere in the world. As a result, CLP labelling has become an international standard, and is recommended by the United Nations.
Therefore, if your company deals in, or has any contact with, hazardous chemicals or other substances, it is important that your staff know when and how Classification Labelling and Packaging labels should be used. Labels attached to consignments of such substances must display warning pictograms, hazard statements, and the details of the supplier including registered address and contact number. This is so specific advice can be obtained in case of an incident.
As always, you can come to PAT Labels Online for CLP regulation warning diamonds and any other hazard warning and GHS labels you need. Our high quality CLP labels satisfy all relevant legislation, so you can have peace of mind that the stickers on your products are sending out the right message, wherever they may be sent.