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The diagram below shows an example of the main elements of a GHS label. 

Companies with chemicals that will be exported via ocean freight must also comply with British Standard BS5609. This is a requirement for International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) certification

BS5609 Section 2 requires that the blank label and adhesive can withstand a three-month salt water submersion test. It also includes artificial weathering tests (salt spray and sunlight). When a label is Section 2 certified, it means the blank label is BS5609 Section 2 compliant.

BS5609 Section 3 tests the printed label for abrasion resistance and permanence of print. This includes artificial weathering (salt spray & sunlight), tape removal and abrasion resistance. This test is conducted on labels printed with specific printers.

Even if you are not shipping overseas, going with a BS5609 certified material ensures a durable label that will resist falling off or fading if exposed to water or sunlight. Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels are BS5609 Section 2 and 3 certified.

If you do not require BS5609 Section 3 certification:

  • When using Avery UltraDuty® GHS Chemical Labels designed for laser printers, you can use a standard laser printer. For best results, use the Label setting on your printer.
  • When using Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels designed for inkjet printers, you can use pigment-based inkjet printers. Examples include HP® OfficeJet Pro and Epson® WorkForce® Pro printers. Click here to learn about pigment-based ink.

If you require BS5609 Section 3 certification

Yes. You can use the free Avery Design & Print GHS Wizard for a quick and easy way to create GHS labels. You can start with a blank or pre-designed template and then add GHS-compliant information using our step-by-step guided process.

Yes, Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels are perfect for any application where extra durability and adhesive performance is required. These labels are underwater submersible and resistant to chemicals, abrasion, weather, sunlight, tearing and temperature.

    Some alternate uses include:
  • Hazard Warning Labels
  • Signs
  • Arc Flash Labels
  • Vat and Tank Labels
  • Marine equipment labels
  • Outdoor work labels
    Avery UltraDuty GHS Chemical Labels work on multiple surfaces including:
  • plastic
  • metal
  • painted surfaces
  • fiberboard
  • polycarbonate
  • glass