Chemical Container Labeling
Chemical manufacturers must follow labeling requirements when identifying chemical containers, ensuring the label is clearly legible and includes the chemical/product’s name. Furthermore, laboratories and research facilities will typically purchase these hazardous chemicals in bulk, requiring that they be transferred to a smaller or different “secondary” containers, such as vials and bottles. However, the secondary container must also be correctly labeled to ensure workers are readily aware of the contents and understand the hazards. Moreover, by the nature of their environment, affixed labels need to withstand accidental exposure to the containers’ chemicals so that important information is not lost or obscured.
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Chemical-Resistant Labels by Container
Drums & IBC Totes
These larger containers are used to ship large quantities of hazardous chemicals and are typically labeled by the manufacturer. They can be made of plastic or metal and require a label with a strong adhesive that will not fall off during transport. The label must also comply with certain regulations, such as OSHA, and will most likely require a GHS label to properly indicate any danger and prevent potential accidents.
Our solvent-resistant color labels for bottles and containers allow secondary chemical containers to be easily identified and color coded. These thermal-transfer printable labels can be printed with serialized text as well as 1D/2D barcodes for enhanced tracking. Withstand exposure to harsh chemicals, including xylene, toluene, methyl ethyl ketone (MEK), acetone, thinners, and commercial cleaners.
Reagents Vials & Tubes
We offer chemical-resistant labels for tubes and vials, printable with either inkjet or thermal printers, perfectly suited for various lab applications. These vial labels are designed to withstand spraying and swabbing with alcohol solutions, as well as sanitizing alcohol wipes. In addition, they resist long-term storage in low temperature conditions, perfect for prolonged storage in lab freezers.
Chemical-Resistant Labels by Printing Method
Thermal-transfer printers provide a printout that withstands harsh environments and conditions. When printing using a solvent-resistant resin ribbon, the printout obtained provides the most resistance against harsh solvents, as well as extreme temperatures, smudging, and scratching. Moreover, thermal-transfer printing offers the most options for different label materials, perfect for producing customized labeling solutions
Direct thermal printers use rolls of labels coated with a leuco dye, a chemical that changes color when heat from the print head is applied. As such, they do not require an additional ink source to print. However, as a result, these labels are prone to fading over time, especially with exposure to chemicals. We offer specialty direct thermal labels that will withstand direct exposure to harsh chemicals.
DYMO printers are a type of direct thermal printer, and as such, have the same limitations. We have also designed DYMO-compatible labels that display excellent resistance to chemical exposure, as well as to cryogenic and deep-freeze storage. Compatible with DYMO’s 450-series of LabelWriter printer models.
Inkjet printable labels are available in sheet and roll formats for printing with full-color desktop and roll label printers. These inkjet labels provide resistance to various harsh chemicals, including spraying and wiping with alcohol. Our chemical-resistant inkjet labels also withstand prolonged storage in cryogenic conditions, ideal for printing eye-catching color logos, graphics, and images applied to containers exposed to chemicals and low temperature environments.
Pre-Printed Chemical-Resistant Labels
GHS Container Labels
The Globally Harmonized System (GHS) is an international system created to classify and label chemicals and other hazards. These labels include hazard pictograms that identify common risk groups and informational text. Supplemental information can also be inscribed using permanent markers or printed with industrial printers.
HMIS Warning Labels
Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) warning labels provide broad health warning information. The labels are divided into four color-coded bars, red to indicate flammability, blue for health hazards, yellow for physical hazards, and white for personal protection. The numbers represent the level of risk from minimal hazard (0) to severe hazard (4).
NFPA Warning Labels
We offer blank and pre-printed NFPA warning labels for quick and clear identification of hazardous chemicals and materials. The labels are divided into four color-coded sections, red to indicate flammability, blue for health hazards, yellow for chemical reactivity, and white for special hazards. Hazard ratings range from 0 to 4, with 4 being the most hazardous.
Calibration and Maintenance Labels
These self-laminating labels are designed to reliably record inspection and calibration data on equipment and instruments that are regularly calibrated. Data can be inscribed on the base label, followed by application of the laminate to ensure the inscribed information is protected from chemical and mechanical damage.