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Reliable printing of GHS labels

Updated: Feb 2

Reliable printing of GHS labels

Labels for bottles or drums containing chemicals communicate data and symbols required under GHS regulations (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals). Such information warns of the hazards to people and the environment during the transportation and utilisation of the product. So it is critical for the label to be perfectly legible from the moment it is affixed until the residues are recycled and the container is cleaned.

Printing constraints on chemical product labelling

The printing of barcodes, product composition, product traceability data and GHS symbols must be resistant to external attack. Products rubbing together, dripping solvent and demanding storage environments can all expose the ink to significant duress. Heat, cold, humidity, solvents, UV exposure: not all inks offer adequate resistance. A label that complies with the GHS standard requires the printing of standardised red and black information and symbols. The use of an ink/label combination certified to BS5609 (3 months immersion in sea water) provides guaranteed adhesive performance, print durability and abrasion resistance.

inkanto ribbons for GHS label printing

By adopting a Thermal Transfer printing process, chemical manufacturers and distributors can confidently print all the required symbols and texts in order to comply with GHS requirements. Certain thermal printers can print in two colours (red and black) in a single run, offering the user simplicity, flexibility and reliability. Black or coloured Resin inks from inkanto (AXR inks) in combination with synthetic labels (PE, PET, PVC or PP) offer an optimum compromise in terms of print quality and resistance properties. Within the inkanto range, black Thermal Transfer ribbons (AXR 7+, AXR 8, AXR 600, AXR 800) and red ribbons (AXR 600R) enable red & black printing to be performed in compliance with the GHS standard and offer printing levels of durability certified to BS5609 criteria.


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