Pictograms are displayed on pure and mixed chemical products according to their degree of hazard. In retail stores, products are consisting of combinations of substances and their labeling has been mandatory since 1 June 2015. People who buy cosmetics, environmental products, household products or comfort products must be informed, recognize these pictograms and read the associated risk statements. We simply wish to gather and synthesize this information for the readers in order to guide them in their choices.
Here is a summary of the hazard pictograms mainly found on conventional products (non-exhaustive list):
CORROSIVE (GHS05). May cause severe skin burns and eye damage.
FLAMMABLE (GHS02). Highly or extremely flammable gases, aerosols, liquids and vapours.
DANGER TO HUMAN HEALTH/HAZARD TO THE OZONE LAYER (GHS07). May cause skin allergy or severe eye irritation; harmful if swallowed or inhaled; harmful to the environment.
SERIOUS RISK TO HUMAN HEALTH (GHS08) (GHS08). May harm fertility or the fetus, cause cancer, allergic or asthma symptoms, or have serious effects on the organs.
DANGEROUS FOR THE ENVIRONMENT (GHS09). Dangerous for aquatic organisms.
ACUTE TOXICITY (GHS06). Harmful or fatal if swallowed, inhaled or in contact with skin.
Source: European Chemicals Agency (ECHA).