Members of the Canadian Paint and Coating Association and other Canadian producers of goods covered by Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) should take note of a recent announcement: While companies were initially expected to adhere to the Globally Harmonized Standard of chemical labeling (GHS) by the end of this month, the date has been extended by a year to June 1, 2018 for manufacturers and importers.
The delay doesn't mean companies should relax, however. If your company is a CPCA member organization that hasn't yet gotten its labeling in line with GHS, now is the time to take action.
Get the Right Printer
DuraFast is your source for label printers that can produce GHS-compliant labeling for your organization. The choice is yours, as there are several models that fit the requirements. These include the following:
- Epson TM-C3500: This printer is capable of quickly producing 720dpi labels fully consistent with GHS BS5609 standards, as long as you use certified label stock – also available from DuraFast. Bringing label printing into your company's headquarters via the TM-C3500 can lower your costs considerably. Its individual-color ink cartridges also cut down on waste, as there's no need to replace every color at once.
- Epson GP-C831: The GP-C831 is meant specifically for chemical drum labels. This wide-format printer can create labels up to 8 inches wide and 22 inches long. The durable labels that come out of this printer can stand up to chemicals or salt water. While in the past, such complex printing needs would have necessitated outsourcing, this printer lets your bring labeling back in-house.
- Epson TM-C7500: When you have high-mix and high-volume label requirements, you can turn to the TM-C7500. Capable of running at a formidable 11.6 inches per second, and up to 1200 by 600 dpi, this printer is capable of producing GHS certified labels in a hurry, on demand.
Support Your Labeling Operation
"Ensure that when you print labels on-site, quality does not suffer."
Having the right software in place is another prerequisite for a fully functional GHS-compliant chemical labeling system. Fortunately, DuraFast can help here, too.
Applications such as NiceLabel 2017 Canada and BarTender BarCode Software Canada will power your operations, ensuring that when you opt to print labels on-site instead of outsourcing, quality does not suffer.
For all your printer, print media, ink and software needs, DuraFast has you covered. Over the next year, organizations will need to heed HPR and make their way to GHS compliance. If you do that now, with DuraFast's help, this deadline doesn't have to inspire dread. Head to our Canadian online store and check out all the many valuable hardware and software tools we offer.