The Global Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (referred to as GHS) requires companies to start producing labels with color icons. Based on my understanding, most chemical companies will need to produce products with these labels by the end of 2014; with all products labeled in the distribution system by July 2015.
For more information, you may consider reading my earlier post: http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2012/03/what-h-is-ghs-opportunity.html.
At the same time, chemical companies who ship material via marine, need to use labels that meet the British Marine Standard BS5609 requirements. If interested, you may want to read this earlier post: http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2012/03/bs5609-is-no-bs.html
In the BS5609 tests, however, they do not consider the impact of the chemicals. For my own curiosity, I decided to test two types of labels that meet the BS5609 requirements with four household chemicals: Alcohol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Chlorine Beach and Acetone (Nail Polish Remover). In this video, you’ll see the results.
Please remember; these tests were not scientific studies. As stated in the video, these tests show only the need for each chemical company to test how their compounds effect their new GHS labels.
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