Are your chemical labels compliant with the Globally Harmonized System?The Classification, Labelling and Packaging Regulation (CLP) has a mandate system for classifying and labelling chemicals that impact companies who produce, ship or use hazardous chemicals. Ensure chemical labels comply with GHS by using the correct labelling.
You've got a workplace to run. And we're here to help.Keeping your organisation productive, efficient, safe and in compliance is no small task. Turn to Avery for durable industrial products to help you get the job done. Our line of professional-grade labels and other supplies are built to stand up to challenging conditions and tough work environments. Simply print your artwork from your printer and implement immediately.
Count on Avery® Ultra Heavy Duty Labels for the toughest jobs, from the brand you know and trust.
- Waterproof and resistant to chemicals, abrasion, UV, water, tearing and extreme temperatures
- Apply as low as 0°C
- BS5609 Sec. 2 certified - waterproof label remains adhered for at least 90 days in seawater
- BS5609 Sec. 3 certified with specific printers - click here for details and approved printers
- Multiple sizes for containers such as drums, pails, jugs and bottles
- Works on metal, plastic, painted surfaces, fibre, polycarbonate, glass and more
- Additional uses include safety signs, arc flash, tank, marine, equipment and outdoor work labels
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Avery™ Ultra Heavy Duty Labels Highest durability and adhesive performanceExcellent for applications where durability and water resistance is required, and for containers with a tight radius (eg Test Tubes) the conformability of the material combined with the strength of the adhesive makes this the ideal solution. The material is BS5609 Part 2 (label & adhesive durability) certified and is approved for Chemical Hazard Labelling (GHS - labelling of chemicals for transport by sea/air).
Material: A unique 110gsm material which looks and prints like paper but is highly durable (chemical and abrasion resistant)
- Strong, non-tear in one direction. Once applied, it is tear-resistant and is almost impossible to remove.
- Waterproof: Passes BS5609 Section 2, 90-day sea water submersion adhesion test
- Conformable (making it easier to apply to curved surfaces)
- Steam sterilisable
- Resistant to light, heat and ageing
- Marine grade UV acrylic adhesive
- Minimum application temperature: 0°C
- Temperature range: -40°C to 150°C
- Tack and final adhesion: extremely high.
- Chemical Container
- Safety Sign / Label
- Equipment Tagging / Security
- Warehouse Labelling
- Ampoules/Vials/Test Tubes
- Outdoor, etc.
- Painted surfaces
- Glass, etc.
A4 Ultra Heavy Duty Labels for all printers
These SKUs are following the dimensions of the label for the information required by Article 17 of the Chemical regulations:
Capacity of the package Dimensions of the label (in mm) Dimensions of the pictogram (in mm) Avery® Ultra Heavy Duty Labels ≤ 3 litres at least 52 x 74 not smaller than 10 x 10. If possible, at least 16 x 16 B5274™, B7173™, B3427™, B7169™, B3483™, B7168™, B3655™, B4775™ > 3 litres but ≤ 50 litres at least 74 x 105 at least 23 x 23 B3427™, B7169™, B3483™, B7168™, B3655™, B4755™ > 50 litres but ≤ 500 litres at least 105 x 148 at least 32 x 32 B3483™, B7168™, B3655™, B4775™ > 500 litres at least 148 x 210 at least 46 x 46 B3655™, B4775™
We have also in the range some smaller size labels with the same features for different uses: eg. sample tubes. Because we understand that you need the same tough material in your environment but in a smaller size.
Label size: 134 x 11 mm
Pack of 1200 labels
Label size: 38 x 21 mm
Pack of 3250 labels
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Software featuresGHS and workplace safety labels are easy to create on demand with free templates and designs on Avery Design & Print Online.
Take advantage of our ready-to-use templates, or design your GHS labels step-by-step with the Avery GHS Wizard.
- Free Avery Design & Print Online software is easy to use
- No download required
- Works with PC and Mac systems
- Includes blank and pre-designed templates
- Use our free templates, or create with easy step-by-step instructions with the Avery GHS Wizard
- Create labels with the required GHS pictograms and statements
- Save your projects in a free Avery account or onto your computer for quick access
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Are you looking for advanced GHS software?Safeware Quasar pride themselves on providing superior chemical regulatory software and consultancy solutions, as well as support services, to ensure their customers remain compliant with relevant chemical legislation and regulations. Safeware Quasar strive to be innovative and responsive in order to provide the best possible solutions as regulations and technology simultaneously develop and evolve, saving their customers time and money.
Safeware Quasar was founded in 1988 and began trading as a chemical regulatory consultancy service provider. Following the removal of European barriers in 1992, Safeware Quasar developed and launched its first software system. Since then, the company has gone on to expand the products and services portfolio, offering customers a range of solutions to simplify managing processes around chemical regulatory compliance. With over twenty five years of experience in the field, you can rely on Safeware Quasar to provide expert services and software systems to ensure you comply with your regulatory obligations.
Safeware Quasar happily established a partnership with one of the leading label stock suppliers, Avery, in June 2015. Providing label stock solutions for a host of industries, Averys knowledge and expertise make them the natural choice for collaboration to supply the Global market with a complete chemical regulatory compliance and labelling solution.
Safeware Quasar has developed a chemical labelling software solution to meet the demands of printing chemical labels; GHS Label , a complete solution including a regulatory database, advanced label designer and full printer support.
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Learn more about Safeware Quasar’s chemical compliance solutions: www.safeware-int.com/products Download their leaflet
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Find answers to frequently asked questions about the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) and Avery® Ultra Heavy Duty Labels. For more information, or if you need help, please visit our Support page
Each question is link to the answer
- What is GHS?
- When does GHS take effect?
- Who does it affect?
- What is required on a GHS label?
- Are there minimum size requirements for the pictograms on the labels?
- What is BS5609 Certification?
- What printers can I use to print GHS labels?
- Does Avery recommend professional software?
- Does GHS affect current workplace hazard labelling systems?
- Does GHS apply to small containers of chemicals?
- Can I use Avery® Ultra Heavy Duty Labels for other uses?
- Where can I get more detailed information on GHS?
1. What is GHS?
GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. It was developed by the United Nations and its goal is to standardize and harmonize the classification and labelling of chemicals to give universally understood warnings to users. The three major areas of impact are:
- Hazard Classification: Definitions of hazard now include specific criteria for classifying health and physical hazards as well as classification of mixtures. It will result in more accurate safety data sheets.
- Labels: Chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors must use labels that include a harmonized signal word, pictograms, and hazard statement for each hazard class and category. Precautionary statements must also be provided.
- Safety Data Sheets: Now have a specific 16-section standardized format.
2. When does GHS take effect?
- Key GHS implementation date: 1 June 2015;
- All mixtures have to be classified and labelled in accordance with EU CLP regulation/GHS since above date;
- GHS for substance: already implemented;
3. Who does it affect?
GHS affects chemical manufacturers, importers, distributors and any company that has hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
- Chemical manufacturers must re-classify their hazardous chemicals based on a common system of chemical classification defined by GHS. They must update their safety data sheets and also use GHS-compliant labels to identify their hazardous chemicals.
- Chemical Importers/Distributors must ensure the hazardous chemicals they sell have GHS-compliant safety data sheets and GHS-compliant labels.
- Employers with hazardous chemicals in the workplace must ensure that they have safety data sheets and labels for their exposed workers and that they are trained to handle the chemicals properly.
4. What is required on a GHS label?
The diagram below shows an example of the main elements of a GHS label.
A. Product Name/IdentifierShould match product identifier on SDS
B. Signal WordIndicates relative severity of hazard
C. Hazard StatementDescribes the nature of the hazard
D. PictogramsSymbols to convey health, physical and environmental information
E. Supplier IdentificationName, address, telephone number of supplier
F. Precautionary StatementsMeasures to minimize/prevent effects of hazard (includes first aid)
GHS Pictograms and Hazard Classes
- Reproductive Toxicity
- Respiratory Sensitizer
- Target Organ Toxicity
- Aspiration Toxicity
- Emits Flammable Gas
- Organic Peroxides
- Irritant (skin and eye)
- Skin Sensitizer
- Acute Toxicity (harmful)
- Narcotic Effects
- Respiratory Tract Irritant
- Hazardous to Ozone Layer
- Gases under Pressure
- Skin Corrosion/burns
- Eye Damage
- Corrosive to Metals
- Organic Peroxides
- Aquatic Toxicity
- Acute Toxicity (fatal or toxic)
5. Are there minimum size requirements for the pictograms on the labels?
In relation to the hazard pictograms, CLP links the size of the pictograms to the minimum dimensions of the label: each hazard pictogram shall cover at least one fifteenth of the surface area of the label dedicated to obligatory labelling information, i.e. any label elements required by CLP Article 17,25 and 32(6), but the minimum area shall not be less than 1cm², see section 22.214.171.124 of Annex I to CLP. The idea behind this is that the label size and the size of the pictograms should remain proportional to the size of the packaging.
For more information see the document "Minimum Dimensions Of Labels And Pictograms" BACK TO TOP
6. What is BS5609 Certification?
Companies with chemicals that will be exported via ocean freight must also comply with British Standard BS5609. This is a requirement for International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) certification
- BS5609 Section 2 requires that the blank label and adhesive can withstand a three-month salt water submersion test. It also includes artificial weathering tests (salt spray and sunlight). When a label is Section 2 certified, it means the blank label is BS5609 Section 2 compliant.
- BS5609 Section 3 tests the printed label for abrasion resistance and permanence of print. This includes artificial weathering (salt spray & sunlight), tape removal and abrasion resistance. This test is conducted on labels printed with specific printers
7. What printers can I use to print GHS labels?
If you do not require BS5609 Section 3 certification, you can use a standard colour laser printer with Avery® Ultra Heavy Duty Labels and have excellent durability. For best results use the Label setting on your printer.
If you require BS5609 Section 3 certification, Avery Ultra Heavy Duty Labels are BS5609 Section 3 certified with the following printers: OKI printer models C610, C711, C9655, C931, ES6410, ES7411, ES9431 and ES9541. BACK TO TOP
8. Does Avery recommend professional software?
Yes, we recommend you to use professional software as Safeware Quasar.
Safeware Quasar has developed two chemical labelling software solutions to meet the demands of printing chemical labels; ChemLabelPro, a solution that links directly to GHS Professional drawing relevant information to print compliant labels, and GHS Label , a complete solution including a database, advanced label designer and printer support
For more information see our partner Safeware Quasar. BACK TO TOP
9. Does GHS affect current workplace hazard labelling systems?
Yes. If a chemical is supplied to the workplace with a GHS label, it must be maintained. If the chemical is transferred to a secondary container (i.e. tank or spray bottle) that remains in the workplace, then employers can choose to have it labelled it with the same information from the original GHS shipping label or safety data sheet. However, employers can also choose to use an alternative system such NFPA or HMIS. If using an alternative system, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure that the information is consistent with GHS and that workers understand specific physical and health hazards.
If the chemical is transferred to a "portable" secondary container for use by only the person who transferred it during the same work shift, then it is considered "immediate use" and a label is not required. BACK TO TOP
10. Does GHS apply to small containers of chemicals?
Yes. Even if the hazardous chemical is in a small bottle, a manufacturer, importer or distributor must attach a GHS label to a hazardous chemical’s immediate container if it is to be transported. It cannot be attached only to the outside packaging of a shipped chemical.
If a chemical manufacturer is able to show that it is not feasible to use a label (i.e. pull-out, fold out label) or tags containing full GHS information, the shipped small chemical container at a minimum must contain the following:
- Product identifier
- Appropriate pictograms
- Manufacturer's name and phone number
- Signal word
- A statement indicating that the full label information for the chemical is on the outside package that is holding the smaller containers.
Additionally, the outside packaging at a minimum must comply with the following:
- Outer label has all applicable GHS elements and it must be maintained (i.e. not torn, faded or destroyed)
- Information stating that the small container must be stored in the outer container which has the complete GHS label
- Ensure that outer packaging does not conflict with any other standard (i.e. outer packaging cannot be flammable if it contains a flammable chemical)
11. Can I use Avery® Ultra Heavy Duty Labels for other uses?
Yes, Avery® Ultra Heavy Duty Labels are perfect for any application indoor or outdoor where high durability and adhesive performance is required. These labels are underwater submersible and resistant to chemicals, abrasion, weather, sunlight, tearing and temperature. Some alternate uses include:
- Hazard Warning Labels & Signs
- Lab test Tubes
- Arc Flash Labels
- Vat and Tank Labels
- Automotive Labels
- Marine equipment labels
- Outdoor work labels
Avery® Ultra Heavy Duty Labels work on multiple surfaces including: plastic, metal, painted surfaces, fibreboard, polycarbonate, glass, etc. BACK TO TOP
12. Where can I get more detailed information on GHS?
Visit ourSupport pagefor additional information about GHS, regulatory requirements and proper labelling information.
For more information on The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals, visit the European Commission website at http://ec.europa.eu/growth/sectors/chemicals/classification-labelling/index_en.htm
*The information within this FAQ does not constitute legal advice. Every situation is unique. Please contact an attorney for specific advice. BACK TO TOP
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About BS5609 Label Durability for Marine and Extreme Environments
Understanding BS5609 Label Certification
Companies transporting dangerous goods in marine environments (overseas) are subject to safety regulations and may require British Maritime Standards (BS5609) certification for their labelling components. This is a requirement for International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) certification. The purpose is to ensure that if a chemical drum falls off a ship that the label remains adhered, intact and legible after an extended period in the ocean. Labels need to withstand a three-month salt water submersion. BS5609 compliance means the label has met the most stringent tests for durability in the industry.
What is BS5609 Section 2 compliance?
Section 2 tests are conducted on the blank pressure sensitive, adhesive coated base material. Testing procedures include exposing to artificial weathering (salt spray & sunlight), dimensional stability and adhesion. The label must remain adhered for 3 months submerged in seawater. When a label is Section 2 compliant, it means only the blank label is BS5609 Section 2 compliant. Avery Ultra Heavy Duty Labels are BS5609 Section 2 certified.
What is BS5609 Section 3 compliance?
The difference between Section 2 and Section 3 is that the printed label is tested, whereas Section 2 is only testing blank label stock. With Section 3 compliance, labels are tested for abrasion resistance and permanence of print. Tests include exposing the label to artificial weathering (salt spray & sunlight), tape removal and abrasion resistance.
Which printers are BS5609 Section 3 certified with Avery Ultra Heavy Duty Labels?
Avery Ultra Heavy Duty Labels are BS5609 Section 3 certified with the following printers: OKI printer models C610, C711, C9655, C931, ES6410, ES7411, ES9431 and ES9541.
Can I use a standard colour laser printer to print GHS labels?
Yes, if you are not shipping chemicals in marine environments and do not require BS5609 Section 3 certification, then you can use a standard colour laser printer with Avery Ultra Heavy Duty Labels and have great durability. This works well for domestic shipments or workplace labelling. For best results, use the Label setting on your printer.
Can I use a standard inkjet printer to print GHS labels?
If you are not shipping chemicals in marine environments and do not require BS5609 Section 3 certification, then you can use a standard pigment-based desktop printer with Avery Ultra Heavy Duty Labels (Inkjet) and have excellent durability. This works well for domestic shipments or workplace labelling.