Norway Finds One-Fifth Of Inspected Chemical Labels To Have Errors

In checks on 861 consumer products containing hazardous chemicals the Norwegian Environment Agency found 20% had labeling defects.

The most common error was that the custom labels were not in Norwegian – about one-third of all non-compliance’s. The second most common problem was a lack of pictograms warning users of hazards. The hazard labels did not have pictures of the hazard. Some warning labels were also included in the mix.

Caution and Warning Labels
Caution and Warning Labels

The main objectives of the inspections were to see if all hazardous chemicals sold to individuals were properly labeled chemical labels, and whether those products requiring child-resistant closings had them.

Inspectors found five products lacking child-resistant closings, while 15 did not have tactile warning labels. One product was found to be illegal to sell to consumers due to the presence of a known carcinogen.

Twenty-nine products contained labeling that was out of date. Sellers received verbal warnings that the products must be removed from sale, but can be resold once the correct CLP information has been provided by the supplier.

And in 2017, inspectors found that 5% of the chemicals (> 8,500 pieces) were labeled according to old regulations.

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