Developed by the United Nations as a way to bring into agreement the chemical regulations and standards of different countries, GHS is an international approach to hazard communication, providing standardized criteria for the classification of chemical hazards, as well as a standardized approach to label elements and safety data sheets. GHS requires that by the end of 2014, US manufacturers and end users include specific information on all primary and secondary container labels, including product identifiers, signal words, hazard statements and supplier identification.
To support printers and converters servicing the petroleum and chemical industries, FLEXcon has expanded its DRUMcal line to include DRUMcal 51932 Polypropylene for GHS compliant chemical labeling.
"Refineries and chemical plants want to spend as little time and resources as possible on label materials, expressing a desire to print their variable information via thermal transfer," the company says. "To meet this specific need, FLEXcon is now offering a 2.3 mil white, thermal transfer printable, polypropylene product. It is topcoated for thermal transfer printability and utilizes a general purpose permanent adhesive backed with a 50 lb. kraft post-consumer waste liner."
“The transition to GHS communications standards is a significant task that will require chemical manufacturers to re-document and re-label all chemical products by the deadline date,” says John Bennett, vice president, FLEXcon. “Chemical manufacturers are finding it easier and more cost-effective to print GHS labels in-house as part of their packaging process. Our tried and true polyesters and vinyls are available where laser printability is preferred or durability beyond one year is needed. In addition, polyester offers superior chemical resistance and may be better suited where caustic chemicals are concerned.”