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Hazard Labels, regulations & custom label printing




Most of the chemicals you might employ are not dangerous if you apply them correctly and understand what to do if something goes awry, such as a spillage. But some chemicals require more careful handling than others.


Hazard labels can help you recognise the more hazardous chemicals, inform you what the hazards are and how to evade them. Where the supplier decides that no hazardous traits have been distinguished, a chemical is not categorised as hazardous and there is often zero more to do. But where the supplier concludes that a chemical may cause harm, they are supposed to provide information about this on the label.


Hazard labels comprises of specific symbols (known as ‘pictograms’) and warnings. The pictograms and the text that supports them are fixed in law and chemical suppliers are obligated to use them where hazardous properties have been distinguished.


Hazard labels and packaging

Once the hazardous qualities of a substance or mixture have been identified, they need to be classified, respectively. Manufacturers, merchants, users and sellers, as well as producers and importers of particular specific items, must communicate the recognised hazards to the other participants in the supply chain, including to customers.


This is achieved by labelling the substance or mixture following CLP before installing it into the market, when:


  • The content or mixture is classed as hazardous.

  • The mixture includes one or more substances identified as hazardous above a specified threshold.

  • The item has explosive properties.


CLP explains the content of the chemical labels and the body of the various label parts. The label should be securely attached to one or more of the packaging’s exteriors and has to cover:


  • The name, address and telephone number of the provider

  • The given quantity of a substance or mix in packages made accessible to the general public (unless this amount is specified elsewhere on the packaging)

  • Product identifiers

  • Where relevant, hazard pictograms, signal words, hazard descriptions, precautionary descriptions and supplemental data required by other legislation.


CLP establishes general specifications for labelling to ensure the safe use and supply of hazardous materials and mixtures. Certain chemical labels exclusions apply e.g. to substances and blends contained in packaging that is miniature (typically less than 125 ml) or is otherwise challenging to hazard label.


The packaging of a hazardous substance must be devised, constructed and fixed so that the contents cannot escape at any point. So, the packaging substances must be sturdy and solid, and immune to damage by the materials. Replaceable fastener devices must allow repeated refastening without the materials escaping.


The packaging of a chemical that is provided to the general public must not draw or stimulate the curiosity of children or mislead customers. Packaging must not have a comparable display or a design used for foodstuff or animal feedstuff or cosmetic or medicinal products.


Child-resistant fastener and tactile warnings

Child-resistant fasteners and/or tactile signs of danger have to be applied if the substances or mixtures are provided to the general public and display specific hazards or if the merchandise contains methanol or dichloromethane.


For detailed guidance on the custom labels and packaging requirements, we recommend that you read the Guidance on Labelling and Packaging in accordance with the CLP Regulation.


JH Davenport recognise the significance of producing great quality hazard labels to guarantee the goods are used carefully and responsibly.

Once given the key information to meet manufacturing safety guidelines, we’ll create quality custom label printing of hazard labels considering the visual components necessary to keep people safe and familiarised of what they’re handling.

Our custom label printing process uses eco-friendly solvent inks and a robust adhesive to produce long-lasting and high-quality hazard material labels that will help to improve safety standards.

We know that it is crucial it is to keep users safe, so we take a cautious and thoughtful approach to our hazard stickers printing service – from start to end. Alternatively, you can present us with the design you want and we’ll produce the labels required to ensure safe handling of the products designated.


For more information about our hazard labels, custom labels and custom stickers please get in touch.

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