Why is it Important for Printers to be BS5609 Certified?
Posted on June 14, 2017
Did you know not all labels meet the requirements to be considered BS5609 certified?
If your business generates products that require this certification, such as chemical jugs, hardware, and industrial product labels, and more, it is important to know what BS5609 is and the standards that need to be met.
What is BS5609?
BS5609 is the internationally recognized British Standard for pressure-sensitive adhesive labels used for overseas shipping. Also known as the Marine Immersion Label Testing Standard, chemical manufacturers refer to this standard when their labels are used on hazardous chemical containers transported by sea.
BS5609 certification establishes whether or not labels remain adhesive and readable on containers and barrels, after prolonged exposure to the ocean environment including both seawater and sand abrasion.
Elements, including those required by GHS, such as red and black ink of GHS pictograms, hazard statements and health warnings all must remain identifiable on the label with slight or no color change or print removal in order to pass BS5609 testing.
Where Can You Get BS5609 Certified Labels?
Surprisingly enough, you can print them yourself. With some help, of course.
QuickLabel now has a line of BS5609 certified label printers for GHS labels. These label printers are available in three models for various label sizes, all of which are able to produce BS5609-compliant labels.
Not only will you remain compliant, but you can print all of your labels in short-runs, in-house.
Eric Pizzuti, Vice President of QuickLabel states, “We are confident that our QL-120D label printer and our BS5609 certified labels and inks comprise the most durable, reliable, and easy-to-use GHS label printing solution on the market.”
Pizzuti continues, “Chemical producers who need to print black and red GHS labels for bottles and cartons will be pleased to know that they can also print their front-panel primary display labels in full-color using the QL-120D, which boasts excellent print quality and 1200 dpi resolution.”
QuickLabel BS5609 Label Printer
The QL-120D label printer allows you to print durable labels that can get dirty, wet, scuffed, and exposed to sunlight and chemicals – all while maintaining legibility and colorfastness.
Thanks to cutting-edge pigment ink formulation and GetLabels qualified label stocks, labels printed by the QL-120D comply with GHS hazard warning labeling regulations and BS5609 certification, one of the most stringent physical label standards in the world.
The QL-120D Label Printer
Variable color shoebox labels, hardware labels, electrical labels, industrial product labels, and color warehouse labels are ideal uses for the QL-120D. Its reliable operation, 12 ips print speed and 1200 dpi print quality make the QL-120D a high performer for your production facility.
Similar to the QL-120/QL-120X commercial label printers, the QL-120D prints labels from 0.5”- 4.2” wide and up to more than 15” in length. The QL-120D is also compatible with matte polypropylene and paper label materials and doesn’t require lamination to make durable labels.