How to Read & Label Chemical Cleaning Supplies

Not all labels are easy to get approved. If you handle sanitation or chemical supplies, you know there are specific marks and content that must appear on the product labels.

In this post, you will gain insight into chemical and GHS label markings and how to label them. In addition, we will cover how utilizing an on-demand color label printer can provide the best labeling solution for your products.

What Are GHS and Chemical Regulations?

Janitorial and sanitation products are among the chemicals that require color-coded chemical hazard identification labels in compliance with GHS Labeling regulations.

GHS stands for Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals, which are usually represented as red and black pictograms.

Also known as graphic symbols, pictograms are used to communicate specific information about the hazards of a chemical. The GHS regulation standards use a total of nine pictograms.

The purpose of these symbols are to provide workers with better information on the safe handling and use of hazardous chemicals, thereby allowing them (or anyone handling the product) to avoid injuries and illnesses related to exposures to hazardous chemicals.

To read more on each GHS classification symbol, with a more in-depth review of each, please view  our white paper GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance: Requirements & Solutions.

What to Include on Chemical Cleaning Supply Labels

The Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) states, “chemical manufacturers, importers, or distributors must ensure that each container of hazardous chemicals is labeled, tagged or marked with the following information: product identifier; signal word; hazard statement(s); precautionary 1 2 statement(s); and pictogram(s); and name, address and telephone number of the chemical manufacturer, importer, or other responsible party.”

Make Compliance Easier by Printing Compliant Labels In-House 

Now that you have a better understanding of the labeling requirements, what’s the best way to create your labels?

If you are in the industry, you already know most GHS label printers offer the ability to print GHS compliant labels in just two colors, red and black.

An ideal durable label printer, QuickLabel’s Kiaro! D tabletop label printer has the ability to instantly print full color GHS labels in 1200 dpi resolution.

QuickLabel’s “D” printers produce durable, pigment based labels able to withstand water, dirt, exposure, abrasion and hazardous chemicals while maintaining color-fastness.

With a Kiaro! D, you can print your entire chemical label in seconds, including your logo and primary display panel graphics and the red and black GHS pictograms, text, barcode and serializations.

See What the Extra-Durable, GHS Compliant Kiaro! D is Capable of:

Printing in full color, 1200 dpi allows your compliant GHS labels to send two messages:

1. A responsible manufacturer has packaged the product safely.

2. The company logo and branding stands out from other competitors.

A QuickLabel printer provides valuable competitive advantages by maintaining GHS compliance and showing off signature brands.

Stand Out on the Shelves

While other companies are stuck with identical packaging, you have the option to stand out with custom messaging. Your custom label and verbiage will ensure customers and clients know exactly who manufactures their chemicals.

To get the perfect package, we recommend using labeling software in addition to an in-house label printer. Labeling software allows you to link your database of chemical descriptions with a label printer for accuracy.

With a robust color label printer such as the Kiaro! D and a fully-featured GHS labeling software such as NiceLabel, it is easy to become compliant and maintain compliance.

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For more information on GHS and chemical labeling, feel free to read our white paper, GHS Chemical Labeling Compliance: Requirements & Solutions.



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5 Reasons Why QuickLabel is the Best Solution for Printing Essential Oil Labels

If you have ever enjoyed the scent of a rose, you’ve experienced the aromatic qualities of essential oils.

A trusted partner in the essential oils industry, doTERRA defines essential oils as naturally occurring, aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants.

For hundreds of years, essential oils have been used for medicinal, beauty and cleaning treatments. So how can you make your oils stand out from the rest?

1. We Make Label Creation Simple

We know that makers of essential oil products don’t just need a lot of labels – they need a lot of different labels.

Instead of dealing with the hassle of an outside printing vendor, with the risk of costly re-prints, overstock, delayed shipments or wasted expenses, we give you the ability to control everything in-house.

Our in-house commercial label printers print labels in any quantity. They are perfect for short-runs of seasonal products and ideal for printing custom labels for new scents, sizes, and formulations. That means growing your line of essential oils doesn’t have to be difficult. With a QuickLabel printer, you can start printing off your new scents as soon as they are designed.

What’s more, our printers are designed to be user-friendly and specifically designed for narrow labels.

That means you can focus on creating beautiful aromas, and we can take care of the rest.

2. We Meet All Labeling Rules & Regulations

As you know, being a producer of personal care products in the USA, your essential oil labels must comply with the FDA standards.

With a QuickLabel printer, you can print ingredients lists, allergen warnings, barcodes, organic and natural certifications on demand; ultimately giving you the advantage of keeping up with the constant changes being made to label requirements as they go into effect.

We’ll help keep you one step ahead and easily producing FDA-compliant labels.

3. We Let Your Beauty Shine Through

We want your labels to be as beautiful as you’ve imagined.

At QuickLabel, we know the importance of personalization. Your brand has to be able to tell your company’s story to stand out from the crowd. And we wouldn’t have it any other way.

Our label printers allow for complete customization of your labels. And they don’t only look good on screen.

Our label printers have the ability to print in up to 1600 dpi at 12 inches per second. That’s fast, photo-quality imagery!

Especially helpful for narrow labels, our systems precisely print 3-point font to list every ingredient, percentage and note you need.

We’ll help you print stunning imagery, barcodes, pricing, expiration dates and ingredients all in one round.

4. We Make It Personal

We like to get to know our customers, too.

Stopping by CJ’s Unique Boutique in Colorado Springs, we were able to see how they use our label printer to create their personal care lotion and oil labels. See for yourself:

5. Finally, We Are Always Here For You

You can always reach out to us without hesitation. With representatives throughout the nation and around the globe, we are here for you.

Having over 40 years of experience and reliability, we not only have the support, but the resources to guarantee the best quality product on the market.

Interested in our in-house color label printers?

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Ortho Development Upgrades to a Kiaro!

Ortho Development, a manufacturer of medical devices, was losing money because of poorly printed labels. After having shipment after shipment sent back from overseas due to unreadable, blotchy labels, they decided to upgrade to a Kiaro! inkjet label printer. With their new printer, they immediately found improvements in quality, reductions in price, and savings in cost.

Ortho Development is in Draper, UT, just outside of Salt Lake City, where they craft all number of medical devices. But mostly, they make implants – hips, knees, spines. 

A worker at Ortho Development crafting some tiny, perfect piece of one of their medical devices
A worker at Ortho Development crafting some tiny, perfect piece of one of their medical devices

They spend countless, painstaking hours in clean rooms within their sparkling facility making sure every nanometer of their medical devices, and the labeling of those devices, is perfect.

“We distribute about half, or more than half of our product to Japan, and distributing to Japan requires labels to be perfect,” Carmen Moore told us.

Carmen Moore is the packaging and labeling engineer at Ortho Development, and works with the Kiaro! daily.

You can watch a video about Moore’s use of the Kiaro! here:

“We ran into… ink blotches… smeared ink,” said Carmen Moore, “often little spots of ink were misplaced on the label.”

As a result of imperfect labels, its distributors returned shipments to Utah, at great cost to Ortho Development. International distributors, in particular, have very strict demands on the appearance of medical device labels.

Carmen Moore and one of her two Kiaro! label printers at Ortho Development
Carmen Moore and one of her two Kiaro! label printers at Ortho Development

The spotting, smearing and blotches came because the printheads required frequent cleaning and were constantly clogged, the ink wasn’t durable, and because the other brand printer, “was difficult for our operators to use,” said Moore, “it required constant cleaning of the printhead, and constant wiping of the printer itself.”

“Previously, we were wasting about half of our labels,” said Moore. In other words, Moore’s team had to print twice as many medical device labels as the needed in the hopes of printing 50% that were usable.

So, Carmen decided to take on a Kiaro!

Labels for Ortho Development's medical devices as printed on a Kiaro!.
Labels for medical devices as printed by a Kiaro!.

“We did a trial period with a Kiaro!,” said Moore, “and found that it printed our labels perfectly. So, we kind of fell in love with it.”

“With our other label printer, I spent an hour each day in production just fixing it,” she continued, “whereas I’ve spent only two hours on the Kiaro! in the whole time that we’ve had it.”

Moore was also responsible for training the Kiaro! operators in how to use the label printer, a process that only took a few minutes. “All I have to do is show them how to transfer the label stock – then printing the labels is very easy,” she said.

They started printing labels for their trauma products, but they found they were saving so much money and  time by printing with their Kiaro! that Carmen decided to buy a second Kiaro! label printer. Now they make all of their product labels with the Kiaro!.

The Kiaro! and Ortho Development’s labeled packages.

“Our previous printers did not work for our application very well,” said Moore, “The Kiaro! printer is completely what we need.”

While we were talking with Carmen, we met Jenney Spencer – a Kiaro! printer operator at Ortho Development. She explained to us that the Kiaro! is far easier to use than any label printer they’ve had.

Jenney Spencer, Kiaro! operator, at Ortho Development.

“Printing with the old labels, they’d have smudging and spots,” said Jenney, “with the Kiaro! it’s better, and clear.” She also explained that with the  other printer the operators would have to take time out of their day to phone the engineers and technical support frequently – because of the myriad of problems it offered, “with the Kiaro! we don’t have to call anybody,” she said.

To see for yourself how a Kiaro! label printer can save your facility money and time, schedule an in-person demonstration – you’ll save $500 off of your purchase!