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MACtac expands BS 5609:1986 certifications for chemical container labeling

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MACtac expands BS 5609:1986 certifications for chemical container labeling

November 05, 2014 - 17:50
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STOW, OH, Oct 16, 2014 (Press Release) - MACtac® Performance Adhesive Group expands BS 5609:1986 Certifications for chemical container labeling with new Section 2 and Section 3 approvals to print with three ink suppliers: iimak, Armor SAS and ITW Thermal Films.

"We want to get ahead of the new GHS mandate for chemical labels by continuing to provide our customers with a portfolio of solutions that can confidently meet recognized standards for durability and environmental resistance," said Kim Hensley, product manager, MACtac. "Through a joint effort, it's easy to address the requirements of BS 5609 knowing the full solution, including the label base material, pressure-sensitive adhesive and thermal printing, all together pass the standard."

New approvals with iimak certify MACtac BDE6914 2.6-mil UV polypropylene and MACtac FCD6914 2-mil white polyester with iimak inks including Black SP330, Black SP575, Ruby Red DC300, Green DC300, Bright Blue DC300 and Yellow DC305. Additionally, MACtac FCD6914 2-mil white polyester labels are certified to be printed with Armor SAS inks including Black Resin AXR 7+, AXR 8, AXR 600 and Red Resin AXR 600R.

Expanding its existing approvals with ITW Thermal Films, MACtac VDG6911 3.4-mil matte white vinyl is now certified with ITW Thermal Films B120 red wax/resin ribbon. 

Applications for MACtac VDG6911, MACtac BDE6914 and MACtac FCD6914 include chemical drum labels for labeling of drums and containers used to transport petroleum, paint and liquid or powder chemicals. Designed to hold up under extreme conditions, the labels typically display content identification, warning and instructional labeling. Each label also features MACtac's MP690 durable and aggressive permanent acrylic adhesive and a 3.2 kraft liner.

BS 5609 label certification is a specification for the durability of labels on chemical containers when being transported by merchant shipping. The labels and markings on containers shipped or stored in these marine environments must meet standards for adhesion, resistance to abrasion and print permanence. Although BS 5609 is comprised of four parts, there are two key sections-Section 2 and 3. Section 2 details the tests to be carried out on the blank pressure-sensitive, adhesive-coated base material, and Section 3 deals with the printed label. Base labels must meet the requirements of Section 2 in order to meet the print method requirements in Section 3. Tests of the print method determine label fitness based on various durability criteria, such as exposing the label to artificial weathering (salt spray and sunlight), tape removal, and interaction with a mixture of sand and artificial sea water to ensure minimum standards for label usage in marine environments are being met.

BS 5609 is widely referenced when specifying an extremely durable label. Compliance is a requirement for self-adhesive drum labels needing certification with merchant shipping regulations, international maritime dangerous goods (IMDG) and GHS standards.

GHS is a system that's been created by the United Nations for standardizing the classification and labeling of chemicals throughout the world. The GHS standard establishes signal words, pictograms, and hazard and precautionary statements for use on durable labels to ensure workers are informed and dangers are mitigated.