7 Common Chemical Labelling Mistakes: Are You Guilty of Any?

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When it comes to producing chemical labels, avoiding mistakes is crucial for ensuring safety, compliance, and effective communication.

Here are seven of the most prevalent errors to watch out for:

  1. Inadequate Label Testing: Skipping rigorous testing and verification of label durability, adhesion, and lightfastness can result in labels that fade, degrade or become unfit for purpose over time. Ensure you work with a label company that prioritise thorough testing of label materials and printing techniques to ensure longevity and effectiveness in various environmental conditions.
  2. Prioritising Design and Marketing Over Legal Obligations: Prioritising design and marketing content while overlooking mandatory legal content is a significant oversight. Ensure your labels include compulsory information such as product identifier, pictograms, signal words, hazard and precautionary statements, and supplier contact details. These elements must stand out clearly from the background and must be of such size and spacing as to be easily read – and they must be indelibly marked.  Labels that are visually cluttered and confusing will hinder readability and effectiveness. Invest in clear, well-designed labels with legible fonts, layouts and colours to enhance user comprehension.
  3. Inconsistency in Product Naming: Consistency between the product name on the label and its safety data sheet is vital. Ensure that any changes in product names are reflected accurately across all documentation to maintain clarity and compliance.
  4. Illegible Text: Labels with text that is too small to read pose significant risks as users may not comprehend crucial safety information. It’s essential to ensure that text size meets regulatory standards, allowing for readability from a reasonable distance. Shrinking font sizes to accommodate limited label space can seriously compromise readability.
  5. Improper Pictogram Sizing:  Shrinking GHS hazard pictograms to save space on labels is a common mistake. Adhere to specified dimensions to ensure pictograms are adequately sized for packaging volumes.  Adhering to specified dimensions ensures that pictograms remain visible and comprehensible, even on smaller packaging. Utilise only approved pictograms, to effectively communicate hazards.
  6. Misalignment of Text Orientation: Labels should be easily readable without requiring customers to adjust their perspective, as mandated by CLP legislation. Ensure labels remain legible and accessible to consumers in their typical viewing orientation.
  7. Failure to Update Labels: Over time, changes in regulations, formulations, or safety data may necessitate updates to chemical labels. Failing to promptly revise and distribute updated labels can result in non-compliance and potential safety hazards. Establish a system for regularly reviewing and updating labels as needed to maintain compliance and accuracy.


By recognising and addressing these common mistakes in chemical label production, you can enhance product safety and end-user confidence while mitigating risks and liabilities associated with improper labelling practices. Regular review and evaluation of labelling processes are essential to maintaining quality and ensuring ongoing compliance.

With our expertise in regulatory compliance, material performance and printing technologies, Hibiscus can collaborate with clients to ensure their labels meet all legal requirements while effectively communicating vital information to consumers.  Our team specialises in crafting flexible and high performing label solutions, specifically tailored to your needs.

Contact us today to see how we can improve your labelling requirements.