Epson ColorWorks Printers for GHS Compliant Labels

OSHA has updated the requirements for labeling hazardous chemicals under its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS), to align with the UN’s Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of classification and labeling of chemicals. See how Epson ColorWorks Printers can help you easily create GHS compliant chemical warning labels.
One-Step, Color-Label Printing
Epson's ColorWorks delivers fast, efficient and durable GHS color-label printing to your company floor. This simple, one-step solution enhances you workflow by eliminating the need to manage pre-printed label stock.
What is GHS?
GHS is a worker safety initiative to provide chemical handlers with important hazard information.
With GHS chemical manufacturers must reclassify their chemicals using GHS' standardized classification criteria.
GHS has created a single international hazard warning communication system using standardized color pictograms.
GHS requires GHS compliant labels by June 1, 2015.
GHS Label Challenge
Every chemical produces unique hazards.
Each hazard type will now require a unique COLOR pictogram.
The number of pictograms will often vary from label to label.
The # of pictograms must match the # of hazards. No extra symbols or blanks are allowed.
The number of color-preprinted labels required will explode greatly increasing costs and reducing efficiencies.
Must Match Hazards No Extras Or Blanks
Preprinted Labels
GHS Labels

Epson's ColorWorks Solution for GHS Labels

With Epson's ColorWorks™ labeling solutions, chemical manufacturers can create full-color GHS compliant labels on synthetic materials that are waterproof, smudge-proof and alcohol and chemical resistant. And Epson's ColorWorks inkjet printers are BS5609 qualified when used with Epson polypropylene media.
Epson C831 Color Label Printer

No Pre-printed Labels Required

With Epson's industrial-strength ColorWorks color-on-demand printers, the need for pre-printed labels is eliminated. Just load plain labels and print the required hazard pictograms and information for each chemical.
Need for pre-printed labels is virtually eliminated.
With ColorWorks, just load plain labels and print.
Plain Label
GHS Labels

Durability is Critical for Chemical Hazard Labels

GHS hazard labels must be exceptionally durable and resistant to chemicals and abrasions. BS5609 is one of the most common benchmarks for certifying durability.
Epson ColorWorks printers using DURABrite® inks and Neenah Kimdura synthetic media are BS5609 certified, including sections 2 & 3.
Unlike dye-based inks, Epson's durable pigment-based inks deliver outstanding stability and resistance to many chemicals including, MEK, alcohol, acetone as well as oil and water, fading and smudges.
Actual third-party testing of Epson labels durability in marine immersion

Epson Offers Lowest Cost for Total BS5609 Certified Label Construction

DURABrite® on Kimdura media
Full color
BS5609 Plus
Dry toner on vinyl
Full color
High performance resin on polyester
Red & black only
Wax resin on polypropylene
Red & black only
NOT BS5609
Epson has the lowest up-front cost — Lowest operating cost — Most durable labels.

Examples of GHS Chemical Labels Printed by Epson ColorWorks Printers

GHS Chemical Label
GHS Chemical Label

Deadlines Are Coming

OSHA has adopted the GHS standard and laid out a schedule for implementation.
December 1, 2013 Must start training employees to understand new labels
June 1, 2015 All labels created must be compliant
December 1, 2015 Product in inventory must be used up or relabeled
Example of GHS chemical label printed by one of Epson's ColorWorks printers
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