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Legislation & Labelling

Legislation & Labelling

Legislation regarding production and commerce of decorative paints and varnishes in Greece is fully harmonized with the corresponding European Legislation. Legislation aims to ensure that information concerning the possible hazards of products is passing through supply chain direct to customers.

VITEX, the leading industry of decorative paints and varnishes in Greece, realizes exactly in this way the implementation of European legislation; not only as an obligatory compliance with State demands, but simultaneously, firstly as an opportunity of contact with customers about the products the company puts in trade market and finally as an essential proof that company respects the environment and considers the health of final user.

Label on package establishes a direct communication with customers and is an identity for the characteristics of each product, with reference to the way of application, the hazards concerning physicochemical properties, the hazards for human health and the influence that product has on the environment. Label is not just a proof of conformity with the in force legislation of Paint Industry.

It is very easy for any customer to acquire a complete picture of the product he has the intention to purchase and use, just with a simple reading of label.

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  • 01. Labeling of products / hazards of products and explanation

    Labeling of products / hazards of products and explanation

    Regulation CLP 1272/2008 and all later revisions and modifications determine sufficiently the use of certain Danger Pictograms, hazard statements and precautionary statements. The choice of the appropriate pictogram put on label is based on the type of raw materials used and the estimated hazards arising by the use of final product. The following table contains all Danger Pictograms which can be used on label and their explanation.



    Hazard pictograms

     Hazard indications

    Esplosive, Division 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4  and Unstable Explosive

    Self-reactive substances and mixtures, Type A, B

    Organic peroxides, Type A, B



    Compressed gas

    Liquefied gas

    Refrigerated liquefied gas

    Dissolved gas

    Acute toxicity Hazard Category 1, 2, 3 (oral, dermal, inhalation)



    Acute toxicity Hazard Category 4 (oral, dermal, inhalation)

    Skin corrosion/irritation, Hazard Category 2

    Sensitisation — Skin, hazard category 1

    Specific target organ toxicity — Single exposure, Hazard Category 3


    Sensitisation — Respiratory, hazard category 1

    CMR (hazard category 1A, 1B, 2)

    Specific target organ toxicity, Hazard Category 1, 2

    Aspiration hazard, Hazard Category 1

    Corrosive to metals

    Skin corrosion/irritation, Hazard Category 1A, 1Β, 1C

    Serious eye damage/eye irritation, Hazard Category 1


    Hazardous to the aquatic environment, Category Acute 1

    Hazardous to the aquatic environment, Category Chronic 1, 2

    Flammable gases, Category 1, liquids, Category 1, 2, 3, solids, Category 1, 2, 3

    Aerosols, Hazard Category 1, 2

    Self-reactive substances and mixtures, Type B, C D, E, F

    Pyrophoric liquids, Category 1, solids, Category 1

    Self-heating substances and mixtures, Category 1, 2

    Substances and mixtures which in contact with water emit flammable gases, Category 1, 2, 3

    Organic peroxides, Type B, C,D,E,F


    Oxidising gases, Category 1, 2, 3

    Oxidising liquids, Category 1, 2, 3

    Oxidising solids, Category 1, 2, 3

    Any possible hazard the product has, is mentioned on label, based on legislation in force ensuring the customer that "what you see is what you get", concerning the danger grade of handling the product.

    With a brief look in company's products is obvious to anyone that policy of company is the continuous improvement and development of our products, avoiding the use of oxidant - toxic - cancer causing - mutagen classified raw materials and limiting the use of hazardous for environment substances. This policy applies to the whole range of products designed for general public.

    More information on safe handling of our products and on any hazardous substance they contain exists in the SDSs (Safety Data Sheets), which are available to anyone by request. SDSs are also present in this web page.

  • 02. V.O.C.s (Volatile Organic Compounds)

    V.O.C.s (Volatile Organic Compounds)

    European Community directive 2004/42/CE defines the maximum VOCs content limit values for each different category of Paints and Varnishes. In article 2, paragraph 5 of the above mentioned directive the definition of VOC is given: "Volatile Organic Compound" VOC means any organic compound having an initial boiling point less than or equal to 250°C measured at a standard pressure of 101,3 kPa.

    VOCs are organic compounds, having high vapor pressure in atmospheric conditions and a fast evaporation rate. The VOC content of paints and varnishes gives rise to significant emissions of VOC into the air, which contribute to formation of local and transboundary photochemical oxidants in the boundary layer of the troposphere.

    In order to reduce the concentration of volatile organic compounds emitted to atmosphere, specific VOC content limits are applied to each category product. "VOC content" means the mass of VOCs expressed in g/L (grams/litre) in the formulation of the product in its ready to use condition.

    The total compliance of the products sold in European market with the maximum VOC content limits of the directive in 2 stages - 2 phases. Phase I from 1.1.2007 and from 1.1.2010 phase II. Limits for any category are mentioned on the following table (WB= WaterBased, SB= SolventBased)


    Product subcategory




     Interior mat walls and ceilings (Gloss<=25@60°)




    Interior glossy walls and ceilings (Gloss>25@60°)




    Exterior walls of mineral substrate




    Interior/Exterior trim and cladding paints for wood and metal




    Interior/Exterior varnishes and woodstains including opaque woodstains




    Interior and exterior minimal build woodstains








    Binding Primers




    One pack performance coatings




    Two pack reactive performance coatings for specific end use such as floors




    Multi-coloured coatings




    Decorative effect coatings



    VITEX accepting the high responsibility, having inherent respect for the environment and also proven compliance with the European legislation in force, has already decreased the maximum VOC content on product range, complying with the requests of European directive 2004/42/CE.

    Considering labels as means of information and protection of customer, company has decided to include Voc low marking on the label of packed products, wanting to inform customer / user / professional user for the complete compliance with legislation.

    The package of each product includes the following information on label:

    • category in which product belongs
    • maximum VOC content allowed for product and
    • maximum VOC content (all shades) in product in g/L.
  • 03. REACH (Regulation Evaluation Authorization of Chemicals)

    REACH (Regulation Evaluation Authorization of Chemicals)

    European regulation REACH 1907/2006 (Regulation Evaluation Authorization of Chemicals) is in force from 2006 and constitutes the most recent legislation effort for registration, recording, evaluation and safe handling of chemical substances. The regulation is of huge importance for the European chemical industry and it could not be otherwise. REACH refers to production, import, handling and trade in European market chemical substances, as individual substances, as contents in preparations or as contents in articles. Essential aim is the protection of human health and environment from possible hazards caused by inconsiderate handling of chemical substances.

    REACH is the effort of chemical industry to record all uses of chemical substances, recognize their properties, acknowledge the possible hazards acquired from inconsiderate handling (for all the life circle of substance) and offer customers sufficient information about safe handling of the individual substance or the final product they purchase.

    In order to achieve the above objective a strict timetable for the registration of chemical substances exists. ECHA (European CHemical Agency), which manages the technical, scientific and administrative aspects of REACH, handles registration requests. Each user of chemical substances recognizes his role in the supply chain (producer - importer - downstream user) and proceeds in the essential activities required by the regulation.

    VITEX has the role of downstream user, since we use chemical substances for the production of our final products (paints and varnishes). These substances are supplied to us as pure substances or as preparations. The obligations, responsibilities and rights of downstream users are specified in the Title V of regulation and in the guidance document of ECHA "Guidance Document for Downstream Users".

    VITEX is in position to assure all collaborators and users of our final products that we always take -in time- all essential actions, according to our obligations defined by REACH regulation. In this direction, having also in mind the present phase REACH regulation is (on timetable), we try to remain on continuous contact with our suppliers, observing the compliance with REACH regulation (per phase on timetable) of all the raw materials we use.

    From customers' viewpoint, REACH regulation answers any possible questions about safe handling of the products they purchase. REACH also supports the confidence for the restriction of dangerous for health or environment substances.