Kategorie: Chemicals

Chemicals harmful to human health – textile (E115)

Criteria question

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Does the standard include criteria on H statements H300, H310, H330, H340, H341, H350, H351, H360, H361, H370, H371?


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Refers to chemicals classified as health hazards statements according to GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals).

Degree of Intensity (DoI)

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1. Prohibit use for some applications

2. Prohibit use for all applications

3. Prohibit use of additional H statements for all applications


Degree of Intensity: 
Regarding the list of human health hazards, it is not clear why H361 (suspected of damaging fertility or the unborn child) is listed whereas other H statements of CMR Category 2 (suspected human carcinogen) are not. Besides, regarding specific organ toxicity, H370 (causes damage to organs) and H371 (may cause damage to organs) are listed but H372 (causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure) is not although a prolonged or repeated exposure is a realistic exposure scenario for workers or consumers. However, an adaption of the H statements is not recommended for reasons of continuity. E.g., the version of the GOTS standard of 01 March 2017 apparently copied the list of H statements of Siegelklarheit.de in its criterion 2.3.2. requirements related to hazards and toxicity. Furthermore, the H statements on respiratory and skin sensitization, relevant from a consumer point of view, have derogations, e.g. under the EU ecolabel und the Nordic Swan for dyes and pigments. GOTS only prohibits disperse dyes classified as sensitizing / allergenic

This criterion is currently a minimum criterion.

Kommentare (2)


12.10.2018 08:34

Does this point only cover H-statements listed or more? Why are there additional H-statements mentioned? Which statements should be covered?


Kommentar der Moderation
12.10.2018 18:00

Thanks for your input! "Prohibition of additional H-statements" would be the highest degree of intensity for this criterion. It is not necessary to cover this in order to meet the minimum requirements - prohibiting the mentioned H-statements for least one application is sufficient. A point for discussion might be to be more specific (at least in the guidance) as to which applications are relevant for this criterion.