Understanding BS5609 Label Certification
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.
What is BS5609 Section 2 compliance?
Section 2 tests are conducted on the blank pressure-sensitive, adhesive-coated base material. Testing procedures include exposing the labels 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 from WePrint are BS5609 Section 2 certified.
What is BS5609 Section 3 compliance?
The difference between Section 2 and Section 3 is that in Section 3 compliance, 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 from WePrint are BS5609 Section 3 certified.
Even if you are not shipping overseas, going with a BS5609 certified label ensures a durable label that will resist falling off or fading if exposed to water, abrasion or sunlight.
Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels by Avery WePrint are fully BS5609 certified (Sections 2 and 3).