When You Might Need DOT Compliant Labels

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has certain labeling requirements for businesses and drivers who transport hazardous materials. These requirements help ensure the safety of everyone involved, from the manufacturer to the driver to the receiver. Today, Label Solutions explains more about D.O.T. labels, when you might need them, and why they are important.

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What Are DOT Labels?

Nobody wants a surprise, especially if it involves hazardous materials. D.O.T. hazmat labels give you forewarning of the hazards that are contained inside each package. The labels are diamond-shaped, color-matched, and have pictograms of the hazard and the class that the material belongs in. They also include special handling instructions. Some examples are “flammable gas” labels, “explosive” labels, and “poison” labels, which are all required to meet certain label design specifications.     

When You Might Need DOT Labels

D.O.T. labels must also be durable and weather-resistant since they are exposed to harsh outdoor conditions during transportation. Here is when you might need D.O.T. labels: 

You Are Shipping Hazardous Materials

Safety is the highest priority in the shipping and receiving industries. If you are shipping a package that includes hazardous materials, you will need to comply with D.O.T. label regulations. When labeling a package for hazmat, apply labels for both the primary and subsidiary hazard.

The D.O.T. labels can help you communicate hazards to your employees before the item ships, so they know what they are handling before it gets placed on a truck. This is just one example of how D.O.T. labels identify hazards and make shipping a safer process at every point of transit.

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You Are Transporting Hazardous Materials Over the Road

Whether you are dispatcher, or you have your own company drivers, everyone who is involved should understand D.O.T. requirements. Sometimes carriers need to place hazmat in specific locations on a vehicle, and D.O.T. labels help clarify the separation. 

Placing D.O.T. labels on hazardous materials will ensure your products arrive safely at their destination without hefty fines or rejections. If you are scheduling the transportation of hazardous materials, D.O.T. labels can prevent delays and keep your drivers safe on the road.

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Contact Label Solutions to Learn More

Label Solutions offers in-house regulatory compliance services relating to DOT, OSHA, and other governing bodies. Our proactive communication, precise knowledge, and attention to detail enable us to help our customers stay in compliance. We encourage you to continue browsing our website or contact a label expert today to learn more!

What Makes a Poorly Constructed Label?

Label Solutions - Common Problems with*** Non-Compliant Label Providers

Whether it’s oil or gas, production facilities thrive on being safe and efficient. The equipment and products in these facilities need durable and compliant labels that withstand extreme conditions. When production sites use labels that are poorly constructed, you begin to see problems. Today, Label Solutions Inc. identifies some common problems with non-compliant label providers. 

Cheap Adhesives 

The first common issue is that label providers use cheap adhesives instead of high-quality ones. You can recognize a cheap adhesive when the following situations occur:

  • It quickly loses its hold on the application surface. 
  • It fails to stand up to different seasons and temperatures. 
  • It becomes so brittle that it begins to flake and chip. 
  • The label is damaged or falls off during delivery, especially outdoors. 

Poor Quality Label Substrates 

The label substrate is a resilient material that is coated with adhesive on one side and receives ink or other design elements on the other side. A common issue for substrates is peeling and bubbling due to condensation. Substrates can also fade, tear, curl or tarnish due to temperature, abrasion or moisture. If you see a yellowish, orange tint beginning to discolor the label’s edges, the substrate is tarnished and was poorly made. 

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Unprotected Inks

At Label Solutions Inc., we utilize advanced, proprietary ink formulations that maximize protection for your label integrity. Other companies might use a UV protected formulation, except they commonly use water-based inks that are not appropriate for outdoor use. These inks will fade out. Within 3-5 years, moisture will affect the label, causing it to fade to the point where branding, instructions, and safety information is unreadable. This is why we work with each customer to select the most appropriate ink and substrates of their needs.   

Non-Compliant Labels

Lastly, non-compliant label providers don’t specialize in the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) guidelines. These companies are usually slow to adapt to industry changes, and they don’t proactively inform their customers of any label changes prior to placing the order. Also, the provider doesn’t have an in-house regulatory compliance staff. 

For example, the words “Non-Flammable Gas” must be printed on one line instead of two. These guidelines will change from time to time, but providers must still adhere to them. At Label Solutions, we’re dedicated to staying in compliance. We have a trained regulatory specialist on-site to assist you with any questions or concerns. 

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Label Solutions Can Help

If you’ve encountered some of these issues in your production facility, it’s time to readjust your labeling strategy. Label Solutions Inc. offers full-service label printing that produces consistent quality and performance at a competitive price. For more information, call 1-800-299-9200 today or contact our team online. 

Label Solutions Explains More About Regulatory Compliance

Regulatory Compliance: The Governing Bodies Explained

You might know that DOT stands for the U.S. Department of Transportation, and you might even know that CGA stands for the Compressed Gas Association. But there are other regulatory compliant terms and governing agencies that you should know, and Label Solutions is here to help. In today’s blog, we explain more about the regulatory compliance governing bodies and how they might apply to your business.

What Is OSHA? 

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a governmental agency that imposes standards to assure safe working conditions for men and women. OSHA hires inspectors who enforce the GHS guidelines and administer fines to businesses who fail to comply (by improperly labeling cylinders). 

Label Solutions wants to help you avoid OSHA (& DOT) fines relating to your cylinder labels. If you’d like more information, you can get in touch with our on-site regulatory specialist who will assist you with any questions or concerns.

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What Is GHS?

GHS stands for the Global Harmonization System. It’s a United Nations standard that classifies and defines the hazards of chemical products, such as compressed gas. GHS has a system that communicates safety information on labels and the new Safety Data Sheets (SDS).

How Does GHS Apply to Me?

It’s essential for everyone in your facility to be trained on the new Globally Harmonization System and understand it. You’ve probably seen the words WARNING and DANGER in all caps on chemicals. These are called signal words, which GHS uses to indicate how severe the hazards are for products. WARNINGS means that there is a lower hazard level, while DANGER demonstrates high risk.

Pictograms are symbols that convey specific information, and hazard statements describe the nature and degree of the hazard. It’s crucial for your workers to recognize these signal words, hazard statements and pictograms within GHS, so they can take the proper precautions to protect their health and safety.

What Does the NPGA Stand for?

The National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) is the national trade association that represents the United States propane industry. Label Solutions partners with FEI, RMI, and Meeder Equipment to deliver fully compliant propane labels and signage. 

What Does the NFPA Stand for?

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is a U.S. trade association that creates private, copyrighted codes and standards for local governments to use. If you’re looking for fire extinguisher tags and labels, Label Solutions is your destination. We will work with you to supply fully compliant fire extinguisher labels.

What Does the NACD Stand for?

The National Association of Chemical Distributors (NACD) is an international group of chemical distributors and supply chain partners. Member companies formulate, transport, and market chemical products for many customers. One of our top priorities is helping you stay compliant with regulatory requirements in the chemical distribution industry.

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In-House Services at Label Solutions

Label Solutions is committed to helping our clients stay in compliance with all of these governing bodies. To learn more about our in-house regulatory compliance advisory services, contact us today.

How Do Compliant and Non-Compliant Labels Differ?

Differences Between Compliant and Non-Compliant Label Providers

Regulatory compliance usually involves the information printed on a product label, not the quality or construction of the label itself. However, if the label is of poor quality and fails or falls off, then it becomes a matter of compliance and could result in a costly fine. Non-compliant label suppliers use the cheapest products to arrive at the lowest price, but that low price could come at the cost of penalties and fines from federal regulators. Today, Label Solutions outlines the major differences between compliant and non-compliant label suppliers.

Label Solutions’ Compliant Labels 

Here is what a regulatory compliant label from Label Solutions entails: 

Durable Substrates 

The substrate is the base material that the ink is printed on. Our durable substrates can withstand long-term usage, abrasion, temperature variation, and both indoor and outdoor applications.

The Right Adhesives 

The underside of the substrate is the adhesive, which sticks to the product surface. The right adhesives can be applied quickly during production, and they hold up to 5 years for long-term applications. You can utilize our adhesives even in manufacturing facilities with high amounts of debris, dust, heat, and cold.

UV Protected Inks

A regulatory compliant label also uses UV protected inks. UV protection reduces the effects of sunlight exposure during storage and transportation, and it protects important compliance messaging and branding. These inks have a slower fade rate for font and graphics, and they support a 5-year timeline for durability. 

Label Solutions Point of Information: For imprint labels, we never use water-based inks.

 

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More About Label Solutions

  • We produce labels to support CGA Industry standards and strict specifications.
  • All materials and inks on every label maintain a 5-year warranty. Cylinder circulation may sometimes average 3-5 years before refilling. 
  • We notify customers of any CGA/DOT/OSHA/FDA changes before they place an order (see more below).
  • We conduct extensive multi-year testing to ensure the durability of our cylinder labels. We make sure the right type of material, inks, and adhesives are used to maintain strength.

Compliance labels need to be updated every so often, and we’ll alert you if your order includes a label that is out of compliance. We’ll let you decide how you’d like to proceed with the order and we will work with you to consider your inventory.  

Non-Compliant Label Providers

On the flip side, here is what a non-compliant label means:  

  • Low Quality: Cheaper materials and adhesives will cause the labels to fail in the field (usually the cheaper labels fail around a 12-18-month period)
  • Unable to withstand all weather conditions and long-term storage
  • Commonly sells as the “Lowest Purchase Price”
  • Results in expensive fines and penalties for not following DOT or OSHA compliance

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Order Your Custom Labels Today

Label Solutions, Inc. is a full-service custom labeling company with a variety of printing options. We are committed to excellence and staying in compliance across all the industries we serve. Contact our team online or call (800) 299-9200 to place your order today. 

 

Regulatory Compliance for Different Industries

Regulatory Compliance Bodies and Industries

Regulatory compliance is a critical part of successfully marketing a product in accordance with the laws and standards of your industry. In general, regulatory compliance means abiding by relevant policies, laws, and standards, to avoid civil and criminal penalties. It’s essential for your company to meet those standards and maintain regulatory compliance to achieve long-term success. In today’s blog post, the team at Label Solutions discusses the different regulatory bodies and the industries they interface with.

Compliance Assistance at Label Solutions  

Label Solutions offers compliance assistance and compliance proofing for our customers. We provide personalized compliance advising based on the different state, federal, and industry regulations that apply to our customers’ products. Just call our customer service department at 800-299-9200. We’ll be more than happy to help!

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Industries

At Label Solutions, Inc., we work with our customers to meet their specific regulatory compliance needs. Here are the primary compliance areas we serve:

Compressed Gas Regulatory Compliance

Label Solutions is the leader in the compressed gas cylinder industry. We’re members of the Compressed Gas Association (CGA), and we’re a voting member of CGA’s Hazard Communication Committee. The compressed gas industry, along with other industries, is subject to regulation by the following compliance organizations: Department of Transportation (DOT), U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Global Harmony System (GHS), and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), among others. Label Solutions is here to help with in-house compliance assistance in many industries so your labels will always comply with these regulatory organizations.

Cannabis/CBD Regulatory Compliance

CBD regulations are just now emerging online, and every state is different. Label Solutions is tracking the new rules, and we can assist customers to research and comply with emerging federal and state laws that apply to their products.   

UL Portfolio

We also have a UL (Underwriters Laboratory) portfolio of approved labeling materials based on UL 969, which references standards for labeling systems. The standard pertains to laminates, printing inks, unprinted label materials, and also select printing processes. Items delivered under this criterion are pre-qualified and tested for durability by UL. Label Solutions maintains a portfolio of UL approved materials and inks to make labels that are UL compliant and a perfect fit for the product application needs.

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Contact Label Solutions for More Information

Label Solutions serves businesses across the country with cutting-edge designs, fast printing, and vivid colors. We make sure you meet regulatory compliance requirements, and our labels match your specific graphics and dimensions. For more information, contact us today or call 1(800) 299-9200. We’re here to help you!