GHS Labels

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Durable Labels That Meet the Highest Safety Standards

Our UV printed labels are BS5609 certified for Section 2 and 3 compliance (Marine Immersion Label testing standard). The media, text, coloring, and images have passed resistant to abrasion, UV exposure and sea water immersion, among other standardized testing qualifications.

This certification allows Genuine Supplies to create Globally Harmonized System (GHS) compliant labels. With chemicals being shipped all over the world, the GHS standard makes it safer to identify hazardous materials that are transported.

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What is GHS?

​​​GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. GHS is a system to standardize the way hazardous materials are classified. That idea is that a standardized symbology on labels and containers will be used all over the world to determine if the material is flammable, toxic, corrosive, etc. With this standardization, a person is assured they know the hazardous nature of the product no matter where they are located in the world.  It also helps to minimize or prevent adverse effects of chemicals in the workplace through the standardized, universally recognized graphics.

What is BS5609 Certifiation?

BS5609 is an international standard of certification that measures the suitability of a specialized label for use on chemical containers for shipment over a body of water.


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  • Section 2: This section of the certification deals with label performance. It tests the durability of the label’s material, ink and adhesion in marine exposure. Among the environments tested are temperature variables, salt spray, immersion tests and weathering.

  • Section 3: The BS5609 Section 3 compliance is only given to labels that are printed on a specified material and tested in use with a specified printer model or ink. If any of those factors are changed without testing, the label will no longer meet the compliance.

Most importantly, understand that the BS5609 labeling certification means that if a chemical drum was to fall off a vessel into the ocean, the label needs to be readable after 30 days of immersion so that someone knows how to handle the possibly deadly chemical. These are the most durable labels around.