Companies transporting dangerous goods in marine environments (overseas) are subject to safety regulations and may require British Maritime Standards (BS5609) certification for their labeling components. This is a requirement for International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) certification. The purpose is to ensure that if a chemical drum falls off a ship that the label remains adhered, intact and legible after an extended period in the ocean. Labels need to withstand a three-month salt water submersion. BS5609 compliance means the label has met the most stringent tests for durability in the industry.
Section 2 tests are conducted on the blank pressure sensitive, adhesive coated base material. Testing procedures include exposing to artificial weathering (salt spray & sunlight), dimensional stability and adhesion. The label must remain adhered for 3 months submerged in seawater. When a label is Section 2 compliant, it means only the blank label is BS5609 Section 2 compliant.
Avery UltraDuty™ GHS Chemical Labels are BS5609 Section 2 certified.
The difference between Section 2 and Section 3 is that the printed label is tested, whereas Section 2 is only testing blank label stock. With Section 3 compliance, labels are tested for abrasion resistance and permanence of print. Tests include exposing the label to artificial weathering (salt spray & sunlight), tape removal and abrasion resistance.
Avery UltraDuty™ GHS Chemical Labels are BS5609 Section 3 certified with specific printers and ink/toner.
UltraDuty™ GHS Chemical Labels for Laser Printers (60501, 60502, 60503, 60504, 60505, 60506, 60507, 60508) are BS5609 Section 3 certified with the following printers:
|BS5609 Sec. 3 Certified Laser Printers||Important Notes|
OKI C711 Series Printers
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UltraDuty™ GHS Chemical Labels for the Epson® ColorWorks C831 Inkjet Printer (60511, 60512, 60513) are BS5609 Section 3 Certified with:
|BS5609 Sec. 3 Certified Inkjet Printers||Important Notes|
|Epson® ColorWorks C831 (GP-C831)||Please use the "Label" setting when printing for BS5609 Sec. 3 Certification|
Yes, if you are not shipping chemicals in marine environments and do not require BS5609 Section 3 certification, then you can use a standard color laser printer with Avery UltraDuty™ GHS Chemical Labels and have great durability. This works well for domestic shipments or workplace labeling. For best results, use the Label setting on your printer.