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.

The new standard replaces many disparate and conflicting regional and national regulations and aims to reduce confusion and ensure that harmful substances are labelled in a way that can be universally understood.  GHS labels should be specifically designed to provide information about the hazards of the substance and what to do in cases of spillage or contact with the material.

How to Comply with GHS/CLP Label Requirements

The deadline, and all extended transitions, for the full implementation of GHS/CLP has now passed (1st June 2017) and all labels for chemicals and hazardous substances must now comply with the regulations.

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

How can Hibiscus help?

When producing GHS Labels, there’s a lot to consider. Are you sure your labels are in full compliance? 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?

Producing your own fully compliant GHS labels / CLP labels can be very demanding. The Hibiscus range of professional-grade labels are purposely manufactured to withstand challenging conditions and tough 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

If you need help with GHS labelling, or have new products to market, let Hibiscus take the strain out of creating your labels. We can produce labels using information taken straight from your Safety Data Sheets including full colour logos, QR codes and much more. 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 labels and providing solutions for the chemical and hazardous goods industries for over 35 years.

Hibiscus provide fully printed, bespoke GHS labels and part printed GHS/CLP Laser Labels to print your own and fully compliant waterproof product labels in GHS formats.

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

Buy GHS Pictogram labels  directly from our online shop.


Contact us today for a quote for GHS labels / CLP labels: 0113 242 4272