When it comes to industries involved in the production, manufacturing, supply, or use of hazardous chemicals, proper containment is not the only safety factor. Another critical factor in the handling process is the correct labelling of such materials.
As a business owner, one of your priorities is to keep your people safe and secure from the hazards of chemicals or toxic substances. To achieve this, it’s necessary that you implement strict and rigorous identification policies, so workers who handle these materials will know immediately what they’re about to handle — and the proper procedures to do so.
Clarity of materials labelling and detail printing
An integral component of chemical safety is clear labelling of not only the material’s name, but the pertinent information about its hazardous properties. The labels should also clearly indicate the characteristics of the substance. For instance, its corrosiveness, toxicity, etc. In addition to the clarity of the printing, the details should also be in highly visible and easily readable font and size.
The use of labels that withstand external elements
Organisations cannot use regular labelling materials, seeing that they have a chemical-filled environment. These potentially toxic and hazardous substances are not the only factors that can affect the overall clarity and integrity of labels. Particulate matter and the environmental conditions present in the work site can also affect the quality of labels.
As such, it’s best to use labels that have strong resistance to chemicals or abrasives only. High-quality self-laminating labels, for instance, provides protection for the printed area as an unprinted portion of the label wraps around and covers the print.
Proper labelling of materials, especially in facilities constantly exposed to chemical corrosives and abrasives, can keep disastrous consequences at bay. Of course, your people can work more productively since they can identify the materials they handle.