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Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002

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Methods of marking or labelling packages

10.—(1) Any package which is required to be labelled in accordance with regulations 8 and 9 may carry the particulars required to be on the label clearly and indelibly marked on a part of that package reserved for that purpose and, unless the context otherwise requires, any reference in these Regulations to a label includes a reference to that part of the package so reserved.

(2) Subject to paragraph (7), any label required to be carried on a package shall be securely fixed to the package with its entire surface in contact with it and the label shall be clearly and indelibly printed.

(3) The colour and nature of the marking shall be such that any symbol and the wording stand out clearly from the background and the wording shall be of such size and spacing as to be easily read.

(4) The package shall be so labelled that the particulars can be read horizontally when the package is set down normally.

(5) Subject to paragraph (7), the dimensions of the label required under regulation 8 shall be as follows –

Capacity of packageDimensions of label

(a)not exceeding 3 litres

if possible at least 52 × 74 millimetres

(b)exceeding 3 litres but not exceeding 50 litres

at least 74 × 105 millimetres

(c)exceeding 50 litres but not exceeding 500 litres

at least 105 × 148 millimetres

(d)exceeding 500 litres

at least 148 × 210 millimetres.

(6) A symbol required to be shown in accordance with regulation 8(2)(c)(i) or 8(3)(c)(ii) and specified in column 3 of Schedule 2 shall be printed in black on an orange-yellow background and its size (including the orange-yellow background) shall be at least equal to an area of one-tenth of that of a label which complies with paragraph (5) and shall not in any case be less than 100 square millimetres.

(7) If the package is an awkward shape or so small that it is unsuitable to attach a label complying with paragraphs (2) and (5), the label shall be attached in some other appropriate manner.

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