GHS-Compliant Labeling

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GHS Label Pictograms GHS Labels - Are You Ready?

The recent regulations associated with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals fundamentally changes the way that chemical products are labeled. If you are a manufacturer of chemical products, you will need to make changes to your labels to comply with the new GHS labeling standards.

General Data Is Your Source For Complete GHS Label Solutions

General Data makes the transition to the new GHS labeling requirements easy for you by providing everything you need including:

Many companies sell proprietary GHS labeling systems, but don’t be fooled into thinking that these systems are a simple one-size-fits-all proposition. General Data sells all the different components for the major types of GHS label printing systems.  Chemical manufacturers rely on General Data’s extensive product knowledge and application expertise to determine the best configuration of labels, printers and supplies, and the know-how to bring it all together to meet the unique needs of the individual facility and provide maximum ROI.

GHS Labeling Systems Buyers Guide

ghs-pictogram-question-mark What is the best labeling system for my company to print GHS-compliant labels?

The new GHS standards will require companies to either update existing labeling systems or implement new labeling systems to produce and print the labels required for their products.  General Data has produced an ebook to help you understand and evaluate GHS label printing system options.  The buyers guide helps to answer the specific question that all companies that must comply with GHS standards must ask - what is the best labeling system for my company to use to label our products in accordance with GHS? 

Why did Packers Chemical choose General Data for GHS labeling?

A chemical manufacturer needs to comply with OSHA's new GHS product labeling mandates. See what happened when they enlisted the help of General Data's team of GHS labeling system experts.

 

GHS Label Background

The primary objectives of the GHS is to develop a harmonized system of product labeling, safety data sheets and standardized GHS pictograms and symbols for use on chemical products. GHS Labels are designed to communicate dangerous and hazardous material as defined by the OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard in a clear and consistent manner. The standard incorporates Globally Harmonized System (GHS) requirements, including the use of specified GHS pictogram formats for labeling.

What’s Required Of You

OSHA has updated the requirements for labeling of hazardous chemicals under its Hazard Communication Standard. All labels will be required to have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier, and supplier identification.

In addition, GHS labeling regulations require different minimum label sizes depending on the capacity of the container. The labels must be manufactured from a material that is resistant to damage caused by exposure to the chemical.

GHS Label Printing – Your Options

Because of the many different formats, sizes and configurations required for labeling chemical products, chemical manufacturers are finding it much more cost-effective to print GHS labels in-house as part of their packaging process. There are a variety of options available including:

  • Thermal transfer (1 color) with pre-printed GHS labels
  • Two color thermal transfer with blank labels
  • Laser (monochrome) with pre-printed GHS labels
  • Color laser with blank labels
  • Color inkjet with blank labels

We have put together a short overview of each individual GHS Printing system that covers:

  • How it Works
  • Advantages
  • Disadvantages
  • When to consider

For complete overview of individual printing systems please download the GHS Labeling Systems Buyer's Guide. You can also download our GHS Printer Infographic for a quick visual overview.

ghs thermal transfer printer Thermal transfer (1 color) with pre-printed GHS labels

 How it works

  • The thermal transfer printer uses pre-printed GHS labels with red pictogram borders.
  • The printer prints the “black” content portion of the GHS label.

Advantages

  • Uses thermal transfer printers that may already be present in your operations
  • Fast throughput
  • Lots of flexibility for label facestock depending on your needs, from low-cost paper labels to high-durability synthetic film labels, or other specialty labels
  • Overall ower media costs compared to inkjet and laser

Disadvantages

  • Operations must maintain an inventory of pre-printed GHS labels
  • Must ensure the correct diamond configurations on the labels are ordered
  • Frequent label roll changes or multiple printers may be required to print different product labels or label formats

When to consider this option

  • You need to print only a very small number of product SKUs
  • All chemical products use the same label size and format
  • A special custom label is required​

2 color ghs thermal transfer printer Two Color Thermal Transfer with Blank Labels

 How it works

  • The printer has two printheads for the red and black ribbons
  • Pre-defined GHS label formats in GHS software

Advantages

  • No inventory of pre-printed GHS labels
  • Multiple product configurations that need different layouts and number of red diamond pictogram borders can be printed without the need to change label rolls or purchase multiple printers
  • Lots of flexibility for label facestock depending on your needs, from low-cost paper labels to high-durability synthetic film labels, or other specialty labels
  • Overall ower media costs compared to inkjet and laser printing options
  • Fast throughput

Disadvantages

  • Because of the dual printhead configuration, these printers are more expensive than standard thermal transfer printers
  • Must carry twice the inventory of printer ribbons
  • Ribbon changeover takes longer as there are two printer ribbons to replace and load
  • Dual printhead mechanism is more complex than standard thermal transfer printers, leading to higher maintenance costs and potential service issues

When to consider this option

  • Large number of product SKUs with different layouts and pictograms
  • High volume of products that need to be labeled
  • A special custom label is required


Laser (Monochrome) with Pre-Printed GHS Labels Laser (Monochrome) with Pre-Printed GHS Labels

 How it works

  • Uses pre-printed labels with red pictogram borders
  • Print the “black” portion of a GHS-compliant label
  • Pictograms printed inside the red diamond borders

Pros

  • You can use laser printers that may already be present in your operations

Cons

  • Must maintain an inventory of pre-printed laser labels
  • Excessive printer wear and maintenance costs - office laser printers are typically not built for extended label printing use, may frequently jam and break down
  • Slow throughput
  • Limited choice of labels for designed chemical exposure

When to consider this option

  • Limited number of product SKUs at a low volume

GHS Color Laser Printer Lexmark Color Laser with Blank Labels

 How it works

  • Blank laser sheet labels are used
  • Software creates labels printed in full color.

Advantages

  • No need for pre-printed label inventory
  • You can use color laser printers that may already be present in your operations

Disadvantages

  • Equipment cost
  • Cost of color toner
  • Excessive printer wear and maintenance costs - office laser printers are typically not built for extended label printing use, may frequently jam and break down
  • Slow throughput
  • Limited choice of labels designed for chemical exposure

When to consider this option

  • Limited number of product SKUs at a low volume
  • Color laser printer can be used in other areas

Color Inkjet with GHS Blank Labels Color Inkjet with Blank Labels

How it works

  • Use specially formulated ink cartridges
  • Uses special inkjet-receptive labels.
  • Software creates labels in full color.

Pros

  • No need for pre-printed label inventory
  • Multiple product configurations that need different layouts and number of red diamond pictogram borders can be printed without the need to change label rolls
  • No waiting time for image to dry
  • Durable and resistant to water and chemicals
  • Can use a variety of label sizes
  • Custom labels can be produced in these printers
  • Create color labels for use in other business applications

Cons

  • Cannot use standard inkjet labels – labels that are formulated specifically for this application and ink must be used
  • Cost of labels and ink
  • Slower print speeds
  • Ink waste during printer stop/start

When to consider this option

  • Large number of SKUs with different label sizes, layouts and pictograms
  • High volume of products
  • BS5609 applications
  • You have potential uses and applications for on-demand color labeling in other areas of your operation

GHS Labeling Printer System Infographic

Choosing the right system for your GHS-compliant product labeling needs can be a complex process. Our GHS Labeling Systems Buyer's Guide provides great insight and guidance to help you evaluate and choose the right system for your needs.

Our GHS Labeling Printer System Infographic gives you an overview of the pros and cons of the different printing methods you can use to print GHS product labels. Click on the infographic in the right sidebar to download our infographic overview of the different printing methods pros and cons.

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