Drums used to store large quantities of hazardous materials like chemicals, pharmaceuticals, explosives, petroleum, etc. must comply with labeling standards established by organizations like the EPA, OSHA, and the DOT. Drum Labels must be permanently applied and handle the harshest of transport and storage abuse. If hazardous chemicals are transported by marine shipments, drum labels must now comply with guidelines such as British Standards BS5609 for weather and salt water immersion.
Moreover, drum and barrel labels must have a variety of content, warning and instructional information complying with the “Right-To-Know” and National Fire Protection Agency requirements. If flammable or combustible substances are shipped internationally there are important new labeling requirements established by the GHS (Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals).
GHS and OSHA have combined forces to implement new standards― replacing the traditional Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and their old warning symbols. You must have done GHS Employee Training by December 1, 2013 and now must start to replace traditional MSDS with new SDS (Safety Data Sheets) that include a new set of new warning signs (aka pictograms) and signal words. Furthermore, all drums containing harmful, dangerous substances must be properly relabeled with the new types of identification.
To meet these needs, Electronic Imaging Materials, Inc. offers Durable Drum and Barrel Label Materials with aggressive adhesives that bond well to rough surfaces like steel and plastic containers. Whether you want to print your own drum labels, or have us print them for you, our Label Experts can help you find your drum labeling solution.