Lexmark’s recommendations for correct use of GHS labels

Changes in regulations and various aspects are forcing manufacturers to look for smarter solutions to label hazardous materials. And it is not for less: communicating information about corrosive or flammable elements is important to meet the safety standards of people. However, getting all the information in the right place can be a challenge.

As a manufacturer, Lexmark faced the same challenge of creating labels that complied with GHS standards in an efficient manner. It was at this time that he resorted to the business software division, a team with extensive experience and technology to publish shelf labels in the retail industry.

It all started with one question: Is it possible to deliver a solution to design and print GHS-compliant labels that are integrated, automated and flexible? Lexmark delivers the following tracks to achieve this:

Instead of manually creating labels and managing a PDF file library, it is more convenient to have an integrated system with applications and automated label compositing at the time of printing. In addition to saving time and money, version control is simplified and the risk of non-compliance is reduced. The dynamic composition of the labels makes it possible to create and print them when and where they are needed, with all the necessary information automatically.

Previously, no color tags were required, but new GHS regulations require that they offer standardized pictograms. Printing to color on blank labels also eliminates the need to track multiple kinds of label stocks.

Not all labels are certified for shipping, which adds an obstacle if sending products abroad is treated. Labels that have been printed in specific stock using color printers comply with the IMDG Evaluation standard (complete certification for the International Code of Dangerous maritime products) and are certified for all sections BS 5609 (Standard for Marine Immersion label testing for international hazardous material cargoes). The certification includes the maritime use of printed labels with sensitive pressure, sea water immersion and image permanence, including abrasion resistance.