GHS, CLP, Hazcom(HCS), IMDG and BS 5609 new lower prices June 08 2015

August 23, 2016.

GHS, CLP, Hazcom(HCS), IMDG and BS 5609 Information and Label Solutions

Hazardous labeling requirements have changed throughout the globe within the past few years.  GHS, CLP, HCS and IMDG labeling regulations need to be followed depending upon which country you are shipping to and the method you are using to ship. understands that meeting these labeling requirements can be complicated and confusing.  We have listed basic information below regarding each standard in order to help you understand these requirements. offers GHS, HCS, IMDG1 and BS 56092 compliant labels for Digital and Laser printers on hundreds of Sizes and 8.5" x 11, 8.5" x 14" and 11" x 17" label sheets.

GHS and CLP Requirements for Container Labeling

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling (GHS) regulations were adopted by the United Nations in 2003.  The GHS includes criteria for the classification of health, physical and environmental hazards, as well as specifying what information should be included on labels of hazardous chemicals as well as safety data sheets. GHS regulations require petroleum and chemical companies shipping hazardous products into and within the European Union to print the updated GHS color pictograms on all self-adhesive container labels. CLP refers to the European Union regulation on Classification, Labeling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures

As GHS regulations are adopted on a global basis, each country may include different disclosure requirements and may implement on different timetables.

OSHA Hazcom (HCS) compliance in the United States

OSHA adopted the EU's GHS requirements within their updated Hazcom 2012 (HCS) regulations, May 25, 2012. 

Regulation implementation is being phased in over the next three years:

  • Employee training, December 1, 2013
  • Implementation of regulation, June 1, 2015
  • Regulations regarding certain distributors, December 1, 2015

The changes to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) brings the US into alignment with the GHS regulations.  The standards require chemical manufacturers and importers to evaluate the chemicals they product or import and provide hazard information on labels on containers and safety data sheets to inform employers and workers of all potential hazards.  The standard was modified to provide a single set of harmonized criteria for classifying chemicals according to their health and physical hazards and specifies hazard communication elements for labeling and safety data sheets.

IMDG Compliant Labels 

When shipping containers overseas by container ship, the container label must comply with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code, which requires the printed label to withstand 90 days submersion in saltwater. offers several IMDG1 compliant chemical labels to meet these regulations.  These include our drum, pail, tote and IBC container labels. also offer custom sized IMDG1 compliant container labels.

 BS 5609 Certification

The British Standard BS 5609 is the Marine Immersion Label testing standard.  It outlines durability requirements for pressure-sensitive labels used to identify hazardous chemicals being transported by sea. The BS 5609 certification is a two-part certification for both the label material and the printed information on the label. Both elements must be tested successfully, as evidenced by separate certifications, for a label to achieve the BS 5609 certification.'s poly laser label material complies with Global requirements, when printed with any brand name color laser printer and toner, has received the BS 56092 certification. 

1 Based on tests performed in a controlled environment at the testing facility, the poly label material is IMDG compliant when printed with a  laser printer using recommended media settings or equivalent laser printer. The results from the tests apply to only those samples tested and are not necessarily indicative of the material performance in other label printing situations or conditions. makes no representation or warranty that the material is IMDG compliant in all label printing situations due to the uncontrolled variables that may exist during and after label printing outside of's facility.

2 Our material has received a BS5609 certification (Sections 2 and 3), issued by Adhesive Technical Services LTD, when printed with a laser printer using recommended media settings. This certification applies only to those samples tested and is not necessarily indicative of the material performance in other label printing situations or conditions.