GHS-compliant labels for chemical containers


Labels made with TESLIN® substrate are designed to meet the industry’s toughest labeling challenges, whether the goal is to achieve GHS-compliance or simply to produce a durable chemical drum label that stands up to harsh shipping and environmental conditions.
In addition to meeting GHS standards for label content, distributors who ship chemical drums via ocean freight are required by the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code to use British Standard (BS) 5609-certified pressure-sensitive, adhesive labels.
As a result of these two mandates, many chemical companies around the world are transitioning from thermal printing of black-and-white shipping labels to more sophisticated on-demand, in-house printing of multi-color shipping labels using thermal transfer, laser, inkjet or other digital print technologies.

GHS-complaint label stock

GHS labels and GHS-compliant label stock made with Teslin label paper can help make that transition quick, easy and economical.


Why TESLIN® Substrate is a Preferred Label Stock for GHS-Compliant Labels for Chemicals and Hazardous Materials
Because of its unique microporous structure, Teslin substrate offers performance benefits that cannot be matched by other label substrates. The combined and exclusive performance advantages of Teslin substrate for GHS labels include:

Sample GHS-complaint label
  • Print Compatibility and Versatility
    Teslin substrate accommodates a wide range of high-temperature and digital color printing technologies, including laser, inkjet and thermal-transfer printing. This can help chemical companies transition from thermal transfer printing of black-and-white chemical drum labels to digital printing of GHS-compliant labels using the same label paper and label stock.
  • Static Resistance for Increased Safety
    Many synthetic substrates are vulnerable to static build-up. The resulting electrical currents have the potential to shock or injure press operators, or to spark fires in volatile chemical environments. The micropores in label stock made with Teslin substrate naturally absorb and dissipate static, reducing the potential for electrical discharge. (Teslin substrate passes ESDS.541 at 50 percent relative humidity).
  • Security and Durability of Printed Data
    Teslin substrate label stock protects shipping data on GHS labels in two ways. First, the microporous surface absorbs inks and toners, locking printed information into the label stock and rendering it impervious to scrapes, scuffs and other damage. Second, Teslin substrate readily bonds to numerous adhesive systems, enabling customized label solutions that bind to a wide range of demanding packaging surfaces.
  • Chemical and Water Resistance
    Teslin substrate has earned BS 5609 label certification for chemical and water resistance and immersion in seawater.
  • Faster Production
    Micropores facilitate fast-drying of inks and toners to accelerate production throughput compared to substrates that require specialty inks and toners or longer dry times.
  • Lamination Strength
    Teslin substrate bonds with adhesive and laminating films, expanding the range of options available for durable, customized, specialty label solutions.

PPG offers a BS 5609-certified, on-demand printable label stock for GHS Compliance and also works with numerous label manufacturers and converters that specialize in designing and producing GHS-compliant labels. Contact us to learn more.

GHS Label Compliance Basics

GHS complaint label basicsThe Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) was developed to provide a universally recognized language for communicating the contents and hazards in chemical shipping drums. It was enacted to make the handling and transport of chemicals safer for humans and the environment.

Using text and colored pictograms, GHS-compliant labels communicate six essential pieces of data on every chemical drum or barrel, no matter its origin, including:

  1. Product identifier: The name of the enclosed chemical
  2. Hazard pictograms: The hazard associated with the chemical
  3. Signal word: “Warning” or “Danger,” depending on the severity of the chemical hazard
  4. Hazard and precautionary statement: physical, health and/or environmental hazard
  5. First aid statement: Emergency care instructions for those exposed to the chemical
  6. Contact information for the supplier or responsible party
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