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|Swiss Poison Class|
The purposes of the law were to prevent the poisoning of humans and animals, better educate manufacturers and users about the dangers, and encourage the use of less dangerous substances.
|Class||Lethal Dose (mg/kg)|
|1||0 to 5|
|1S||0 to 5; also teratogenic or carcinogenic|
|2||5 to 50|
|3||50 to 500|
|4||500 to 2000|
|5||2000 to 5000|
|5S||2000 to 5000; an unrestricted self-service product|
Switzerland formerly maintained three separate poison lists which cover approximately 176,00 chemicals and products. Do not confuse the list number with the Class number!
|Special remarks could be included for each list item, providing information about labeling and marking, precautionary measures, transportation, prohibited usage, and physical warning signals (odor, color etc.).|
Items in classes 1 and 2 had to be labeled with a skull and crossbones symbol and the word Poison ("Gifte" in German). The labels had to have a black "poison volume" (?). Class 3 had to be be yellow; classes 4 and 5 had to be red.
Swiss Poison Class regulations were superceded by the EU's adoption of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS). See the Federal Office of Public Health (Bundesamt für Gesundheit - Cheminfo) for more information.
See also: CHIP, European requirements for MSDS format.
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