Labeling hazardous goods according to GHS

FDA, EEC, CLP, ADR, RID, DGR, RoHS, GbV* … such abbreviations sound like from a famous track by the German hip-hop band Die Fantastischen Vier, dated 1999. In fact, they indicate instructions in force, directed in particular to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Manufacture of such businesses includes liquid and powder mixtures, acids and alkalis, polymers and special plastics. These are accessed by consumers in small containers, bags or barrels. Many of such substances are potentially hazardous. Anyone who puts them into circulation must label them clearly.

GHS symbols

Labeling hazardous goods with cab label printers

When it comes to labeling hazardous substances, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) provides uniform guidelines. These include, for example, label sizes and warning symbols. The symbols are black pictograms on a white background, framed by a red rhombus.

cab label printers for two-color printing

Two-color label printer XC6

cab printers of the XC series were the first to enable printing two colors on a label in one operation. Such printers provide an additional print head to print the spot color. In the matter of labeling hazardous goods, as a result, companies must no longer provide pre-printed labelOn this topic:s on stock in large quantities. If only parts of a label need to be printed, the print head is lifted during label feed and the thermal transfer ribbon is stopped, resulting in less material consumption.

If labels have to be applied automatically to containers subsequent to two-color printing, the Hermes C printing system is first choice. Thanks to its modular design, it can be integrated to a plant wherever required. The print unit is extended by an applicator to transfer the printed labels. Labels can either be pressed or rolled onto surfaces. At this, the product may be in motion on a conveyor belt or at rest. In cases of a product or an operation changing, the applicator can be replaced.

Label quality

Print and apply system Hermes C

To identify hazardous substances, labels must provide the highest level of security and durability. Depending from an operating process and the manners goods are stored and transported, resiliencies to heat, cold, humidity, acids, fats and/or friction are required. The print must not smear even under highest stress. On containers, labels have to stick securely according to BS5609/3 standard even in rough conditions or in sea water. cab recommends labels made of polypropylene with GHS operations indoor or outdoor. Suitable thermal transfer ribbons in black and red are of resin quality.

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