Custom GHS Labels Explained

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (or GHS) is an international standardized set of criteria for labeling chemical containers, drums, and barrels. The goal of GHS is to consistently communicate hazard information and safety precautions to ensure proper handling and use of dangerous chemicals. Making custom GHS labels to your needs and specifications

At Coast Label, we are experts at helping you develop custom GHS labels that can accept the appropriate GHS just-in-time signifiers for your product. Not only can we print as much, or as little, custom information as you need, but we can work with you to develop the correct materials for your individual application.

Do you have printers currently on-site that you want to utilize? We have proven experience tailoring the correct materials and finish to fit and print within your chosen device. At the same time, we are equally adept at helping develop a new system, including media, printers, and durable ribbons. What to learn more about Designing Custom Just-in-Time Labels? See our White Paper.

Capabilities of Custom GHS Labels:

  • PGAA Authorization to Print the UL Mark
  • UL Classified marks
  • UL Listed marks
  • Type R labels
  • Type L labels
  • UL 969
  • CSA C22.2 No. 0.15
  • UL Recognized Components
Custom GHS Labels


Once a chemical is classified, it’s important that the hazards are communicated through its labeling. Although labels may be formatted differently, GHS has standardized six basic elements that must be presented uniformly so as to clearly identify hazards and safety information. Those six standardized elements are as follow:

  1. Product identifier to define chemical ingredients
  2. Signal words such as “DANGER” or “WARNING”
  3. Hazard statements such as “Fatal if swallowed”
  4. Precautionary statements regarding storage, disposal and/or handling
  5. Company identifying information
  6. Hazard symbols or pictograms surrounded by a red diamond (Note: the red diamonds cannot be left blank

Drum Labels 

Drums are used typically to store large amounts of hazardous materials. This would include petroleum, explosives, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and the list goes on. The thing to remember about drum labels is that they must comply with certain guidelines. 

Hazardous waste drum labels 

Drum and barrel labels must be made to withstand the wear and tear of transportation and storage abuse. These labels also must contain a certain amount of informational content, instructions, and warnings required by the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.) At Coast Label, we have the experience and materials to meet the needs of creating strong adhesives that stick well to drum surfaces such as steel and plastic containers. We can customize drum labels for you or assist in printing your own vision. 

Non-Hazardous waste drum labels 

Our non-hazardous waste drum labels are suited for all outdoor applications and not only comply with industry standards but are made to adapt to curved surfaces. With immense tensile strength and weather ability, our labels boast an enhanced barrier to water, gases, oils, and other chemicals which makes them the perfect choice for drum labeling.

GHS Labels for Chemicals

We know it can be difficult to get GHS labels for chemicals. That’s why getting custom GHS labels is such a good option. We’ve been making GHS labels for chemicals years so we know how to create industry-approved custom labels compliant with the necessary hazard requirements.

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