What are GHS Labels / CLP Labels?

The Globally Harmonised System (GHS) of Classification, Labelling and Packaging of chemicals (CLP) is a system designed by the UN to standardise the information given to people who produce, transport or use chemicals, in order to reduce the risk to human health and the environment.

How to Comply with GHS/CLP Label Requirements

The hazards of a single substance, or mixture of hazardous substances, are communicated to the end user by means of a hazard warning label.

The label must include:  warning pictograms, signal words, hazard statements, precautionary statements, and supplemental statements as well as a contact number and address of the supplier.

GHS label pictogram Sizes

There are are a few general principles to be aware of regarding the size of GHS labels and pictograms:

  • The dimension of a GHS label should be related to package sizes
  • The minimum size of a pictogram on a GHS label should be related to the minimum size of the GHS label
  • The minimum size of a GHS pictogram on a GHS label is much smaller than a transport pictogram (100mm x 100mm) and the two should not be confused

GHS label size & corresponding pictogram size requirements

ghs pictogram size

GHS Compliant Label Materials

GHS labels must be chemical-resistant, weather-resistant, abrasion-resistant, UV light resistant, and must utilise a marine-grade label adhesive in order to satisfy GHS label standards for permanence.

Are your labels in compliance?

When producing GHS Labels, there’s a lot to consider. Are the size of your labels correct? Are all of the necessary phrases listed? Do you have the correct pictograms? Do your labels need to be in multiple languages?

The Hibiscus range of  labels are purposely manufactured to withstand tough conditions and demanding  work environments.

  • Waterproof and resistant to chemicals, abrasion, UV, water, tearing and extreme temperatures
  • Apply as low as 0°C
  • BS5609 Sec. 2 certified – waterproof label remains adhered for at least 90 days in seawater
  • BS5609 Sec. 3 certified with specific printers
  • Multiple sizes for containers such as IBCs, drums, and bottles
  • Stick to metal, plastic, painted surfaces, fibre, polycarbonate, glass and much more

How can Hibiscus help?

As a specialist supplier of high quality chemical labels, we understand the challenges that maintaining compliance can present. We are one, of only a handful of label printers in the UK, that actually perform their own BS509 Section 3 tests, and if we print labels using our own tested substrates and inks, then we can provide fully compliant BS5609 labels.

We can also provide the printers, consumables and blank labels in order for you to print your own.

Hibiscus Plc has an expert team of specialists at hand to guide you in the correct choice, and usage, of BS5609 printing materials to achieve appropriate results with our rigorously tested label products.

If you need help with GHS labelling, or have new products to market, let Hibiscus take the strain. We can produce labels using information taken straight from your Safety Data Sheets and include specific branding details, full colour logos and QR codes. Based on your needs, we will ensure that all of the necessary information is on your label, so that you may create a safety compliance program with complete and accurate information.

If you are unsure about your obligations, or need assistance with achieving CLP compliance, Hibiscus Plc can help; we’ve been printing chemical labels and providing solutions for the hazardous goods industries for over 40 years.

Hibiscus produce fully printed, bespoke GHS/CLP product labels. and also manufacture part printed GHS/CLP Laser Sheet Labels to print your own fully compliant labels.


We have also developed software for the classification and labelling of chemicals as well as Safety Datasheet Management software.