One of our suppliers of NMS premium vinyl labeling material, Avery Dennison, has just received the first UL (Underwriters Laboratories) certification for marine use. Labels and label materials covered under this program are intended to be used to durably mark dangerous and hazardous goods for marine transport in international waters.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code are internationally accepted codes that address the safe transportation or shipment of dangerous goods or hazardous materials by ocean-going vessel. Under these codes, packaging containing dangerous goods shall be identified and able to withstand immersion in the sea for 3 months.
British Standard (BS) 5609.1986 “Specification for printed pressure-sensitive, adhesive-coated labels for marine use, including requirements for label base material” is the defacto standard used by the labelling industry to show compliance to the IMDG code requirements and evaluates label materials (under Section 2) and printing (under Section 3) for “durability of markings”.
This product and certification is unique. Avery Dennison identified a need made the extra effort to fulfill the need. The UL certification can be found by searching www.ul.com/database.
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