Safety Label Resource Information
Well-designed product safety labels serve you, the product manufacturer, in three essential ways:
- They help to protect people using your product from harm.
- They demonstrate how you met your legal “duty to warn,” helping to protect your company from liability if an accident occurs during the use (or misuse) of your product.
- They reflect your compliance with U.S. and foreign safety codes and regulations, making your products suitable for purchase and use in various markets around the world.
The system of safety labels you install on your product must convey critically important messages to the people who come in contact with your product during its entire life. The lifespan of your product is from the time it leaves your manufacturing facility to the time it is disposed of; this includes its transportation, installation, use, maintenance, decommissioning and final disposal.
When you design your products, you perform risk assessments on them. Your job is to foresee the potential hazards which could exist during their expected life. When these potential hazards warrant on-product warnings, Clarion’s expertise becomes your resource. Our Customer Service Department staff can assist you in the design of a system of product safety labels aimed at meeting all three purposes listed above. When you work with Clarion, our experience in having designed and manufactured labels for thousands of companies in hundreds of industries gets applied to your warnings. To learn more about different aspects related to product safety labeling, choose a topic below, or contact us so that we can discuss how best to meet your specific needs.
Arc Flash Code Compliance
Many workers die each year as a result of arc flash explosion accidents – and most are killed because they weren’t wearing the proper PPE. Your adherence to the use of proper labeling on electrical equipment can help to protect people from the risk of arc flash explosions.
The China RoHS Directive and Product Markings
The Chinese government’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) regulation was developed independently of Europe's RoHS directive, though there is substantial overlap. Our China RoHS labels conform exactly to the design rules set by Chinese regulations, to keep you in compliance.
GHS Pictograms and Chemical Hazard Labels
The “Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals” (GHS) was adopted by OSHA in 2013. If you’re a product manufacturer with chemical hazards related to your products or processes, we recommend using the appropriate GHS pictogram in the symbol panel of your product safety label. The consistent use of these symbols on chemical labeling, SDS information and your product’s safety labels will help to ensure universal understanding.
Understanding Laser Labels
There are two main standards to follow when it comes to compliance for laser labeling: CDRH for U.S. markets and IEC for international markets. Understanding these standards and finding the laser label that meets your requirements is easy with Clarion's online resources.
Premium Quality Safety Label Materials
Too much is at risk for you to compromise on material choices. Our safety labels are only manufactured with premium quality materials; we offer our customers the finest adhesives, base materials and overlaminates, including 3M materials. Even if your material durability or installation requirements are unique, know that we can find a solution for you!
Product Liability and Warnings
Performing a risk assessment on your product during its various design phases has become an essential part of nearly every product manufacturer’s development process. Risk assessment is all about identifying possible hazardous situations that could occur during your product’s lifecycle and then finding ways to eliminate or reduce the risks associated with those hazards. Product safety labels are one important way you reduce risk.
Proper Content for ANSI Z535.4 Product Safety Labels
The content of your product's safety labels is incredibly important. Incomplete or inadequate content can lead to accidents that result in personal injuries, deaths, property damage and costly litigation.
“Read Manual” or “Refer to Manual” Safety Labels
The purpose of your product’s warnings is to call attention to the most important safety messages that people need to know and obey. Installing too many warnings can lead to “information overload” and your warnings are ignored. Here’s where placing some of your product’s safety information in its collateral material and using our “read manual” labels can help.
The RoHS Directive and Product Markings
Europe’s Restriction of the Use of Certain Hazardous Substances in Electrical and Electronic Equipment (RoHS) directive limits the use of certain types of materials in products (such as lead or cadmium) and gives strict rules on how to identify – with our labeling – the actual content amounts of hazardous substances in your products.
Safety Label Ordering Considerations
There are several factors to think about when defining the quantities to order for each of your labels. Multiple placement locations, quantity of products produced, label shelf-life, and installation procedures are all considerations that play a part in answering the question of order quantities.
Serialization Capabilities and Barcodes
Printing and design technology now makes it possible to accommodate your need for serialization or barcodes – allowing labels and identification markings to have unique, clear information printed on them.
The WEEE Directive and Product Markings
The Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) directive sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for all types of electrical goods with the purpose of dramatically reducing the amount of harmful waste materials that are dumped into landfills each year. We carry a variety of these important labels to help you correctly identify your product.