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We all use chemicals to help us in our daily lives. There are strict regulations to make sure that the chemicals we use are safely packaged and labelled, and contain advice on how to use the product safely. You can see these labels on a wide range of products, from dishwasher tablets, bleach and lime-scale removers in your kitchen, to DIY products such as paints, varnishes and adhesives, and garden chemicals.

These labels will be changing over the coming years as part of a United Nations sponsored programme to harmonise the symbols, information and advice used on the labels on a global basis. This will eventually mean that people travelling to other countries will be able to recognise the same information and take appropriate care with chemicals.

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