Leaflet vs. Flyer – What’s The Difference?

One eternal argument that continues to take place is what differentiates a leaflet from a flyer. In fact, many companies who offer the printing of both types of advertising are often asked the difference between the two. Most unfortunate is the fact that the terms ‘leaflet’ and ‘flyer’ are used interchangeably, making the situation even more confusing. This is because flyers and leaflets have many of the same characteristics, including:

  • That they are printed sheets containing information of a promotional nature;

  • That they are both used to promote events, special offers and product sheets;

  • That they are very low in cost to have printed.

In addition to the above similarities, flyers and leaflets are both essentially ‘disposable’ types of advertising, being thrown away once their short term of usefulness has ended. However, the lifespan of the information contained on a flyer is usually far shorter than that contained within a leaflet.

Appearances and Cost

In the case of flyers, there is usually little in the way of graphics or design; because they are designed to grab the attention of as many people as possible. The flyer is usually printed on brightly coloured paper that is of all-purpose weight, such as A6 paper.

The leaflet is usually more professionally-designed, with far more thought given to its content. The leaflet can also be printed on coloured paper or in colour. However, the weight of the paper leaflets are printed on is often different from the weight used to print flyers, usually A4 or A5.

Due to the differences in paper weight, a leaflet will cost more to print than a flyer. As well, leaflets will cost more to print because they contain more elements and colours in its design than the majority of flyers do.

Then and Now

In the old days, a flyer would refer to a printed sheet that was used to promote events like concerts, special club theme nights and the like. If you’ve ever heard of something called a Club Flyer, then you are well aware of what the term ‘flyer’ used to mean. A leaflet was usually used to communicate some sort of information or advertising for charities and political parties.

Today, leaflets and flyers are described totally differently. The flyer is now described as a single and unfolded sheet of paper that’s been printed on one or both sides which contain some kind of advertising information. The usual paper weight for leaflets is 300-350gsm.

The modern brochure is also a single and unfolded sheet of paper that can be printed on one or both sides. It can be flat or folded, and contains both marketing and advertising information. The typical weight for paper being used for the printing of leaflets is 130, 150 or 170gsm.

Who Should Print Which Type of Document

If you run a business like a pizza shop or nightclub, then a flyer is likely the right advertising medium for you. However, if you are a corporate business, you may wish to consider a leaflet to communicate your message. Of course, there is no one type of advertising that is only suited to one business; a flyer can work just as well for a corporate business as it would a nightclub or pizza shop.


Understanding the difference between leaflets and flyers is especially important where pricing is concerned. This is because the VAT can be applied differently, depending on which one is chosen.

Regardless of the type of advertising selected for printing, a quality company can ensure that you receive the right number of flyers or leaflets on time.


Tips for Designing Your Own Labels

Having your own unique labels can help your products to stand out from the rest. And there are lots of software options available that allow you to design your own security labels from home. But what can seem like an exciting task can quickly turn into a nightmare. Thankfully, this list of tips can help you avoid the pitfalls of label design.

Layout is King

Designs having several images, shapes, text boxes and the like. And how you position them within your label’s dimensions is crucial. If your labels are small like most, then too many elements will cause them to look messy and cluttered, and may even result in them being difficult to read.

Some software can also make positioning different elements like text boxes difficult. It all depends on how much control your software gives you over those elements. For example, if you are using a program like Microsoft Word to create your labels, you may have difficulty getting elements to stay together on one label without them ‘jumping’ to the next page.

Limit Content Quantity

The amount of content on your labels is another thing that must be considered to ensure a clean and uncluttered result. Although you may be tempted to add more content, this can negatively affect both the visual appeal and readability of your labels. The fewer elements that are present in a label design, the cleaner and more professional it will look. As well, a label with less content will also take less time to produce.

Borders, Alignment and Backgrounds

Borders can make a label look neat and clean. But they can also wreak havoc with your label content. If there is existing misalignment on your label, adding a border will only make misalignment more obvious. As well, borders can cause issues with printing because most printers are not able to print right to the edge of a sheet of A4 paper. To be sure, check your printer’s manual or settings to confirm that it can or cannot print edge-to-edge.

Similarly, if you want your labels to have a coloured background, you will need to ensure that your printer can print these coloured blocks in the same sharpness and quality over several labels. As well, you will need to ensure that each label is within your printer’s printable area.

Design Layers

Having to layer elements of design on top of one another is an even trickier thing to accomplish when creating your own labels. Most software will allow you to layer, for example, text and images. However, there are likely to be limits on the number of layers your software will allow. One way to avoid this difficulty is to design your label with all its layers, and then ‘flatten’ or merge all of the layers into a single image that can be placed on your label template.

However, once a design has been merged or flattened, it cannot be edited further. So if going this route, it will be important to ensure that you have your design the way you want it before finalising it. If you are using Word to create your labels, you can both ‘group’ and ‘ungroup’ an object to merge and separate image layers as you need to.

Once all of your label’s design elements have been set, doing a test print is the next most important step. Test printing will instantly reveal any issues with alignment or communication errors between your computer and your printer. Test printing should occur on regular paper until all elements have been confirmed to be placed and printed correctly.

The Tamper-Proof Label

When it’s important to have additional security, the tamper-proof label can guarantee that an item will not be compromised. However, although its name may lead one to believe that their item is 100% secure, no label can make that claim. However, the tamper-proof label can make it much more difficult for an item to be threatened in some way.

Just as with the wax seals of old that would reveal instantly whether or not a letter had been opened, the tamper-proof label will break or self-destruct in some way when removal is attempted, or will mark the surface of an item with a message that someone has tampered with it.

Information Contained On Tamper-Proof Labels

The tamper-proof label can contain an astonishing amount of information, from the owner’s name and contact details to their company logo and address, and beyond. As well, these labels can contain information about an individual product or piece of equipment, making them very useful for inventory purposes.

Tamper-proof labels exist in many forms, from asset tags to holographic labels to labels made from polyester. They also employ several different types of adhesives.

Low Residue Adhesive

The low residue adhesive is usually used in situations where an item’s package will be kept by a company. If removed, a tamper-proof label with low residue adhesive will reveal a hidden message on both the label’s surface and the surface to which it was applied, usually the word “void” or something similar. Once removed, this label will leave some residue on the surface to which it was applied.

High Residue Adhesive

In situations where a product’s packaging will be disposed of, the high residue adhesive label is usually employed. A tamper-proof label with high residue adhesive, if removed will leave a very sticky residue, as well as a message or specific pattern on the surface of the product to which it was applied.

No Residue Adhesive

Packages that are going to be reused, as well as those items which are expensive are usually the best scenarios for the non-residue label. As its name suggests, no residue is left behind when this label is removed. However, a hidden message is revealed and left on the product itself once the label has been removed.

Where Should Tamper-Proof Labels Be Used?

There are several scenarios that are suited to the use of tamper-proof labels. Virtually anywhere that high-value moveable assets exist, tamper-proof labels can be used. Items like laptops, tablets and other such electronic equipment are often a target for thieves due to their portability and ease of concealment. As well, these types of items are in high demand, and so can be easily resold. This kind of theft costs businesses millions of dollars per year.

Tamper-proof labels should also be used in situations where compliance is required by insurance companies. For example, companies which supply the military with equipment are mandated to install tamper-proof labels on some of the products they sell in order to ensure fewer losses. Other organisations such as hospitals, government offices, warehouse and educational institutions also use tamper-proof labels to secure valuable items and equipment.

How Can Tamper-Proof Labels Benefit You?

There are several benefits to using tamper-proof labels. An organisation employing these labels can launch a deeper investigation to identify the source of the tampering.

Many labels contain colour headers that themselves contain identifying information about the department, shelf and other such data about an item. This can prevent the unauthorised transfer of an item from one department to another.

The tamper-proof label’s many security features make it a valuable addition to any company’s or establishment’s inventory.


Is Your Printer Giving Hackers A Way In?

Most people dprinteron’t expect their printer to be a doorway for hackers. And in the old days, they would have been correct. Older printers used to connect to only one computer at a time via a parallel port. It wasn’t until later when USB came into the picture that the connection between printer and computer became easier to make.

Networked printing became the next big thing, with several computers in an office using a single printer for documents. Essentially, network printing transformed the printer into a computer-like device. Moreover, while this did offer a lot of convenience, those computer-like features also meant that a printer could get a virus, just as its traditional computer counterpart could.

Today, a printer is much more than just that. It can scan, copy and fax as well. This increased sophistication has led to more vulnerability. Today, anyone can print wirelessly using Wi-Fi technology. Wi-Fi allows a printer to communicate with Internet-connected devices like smartphones and laptops, and even connect to the internet themselves.

How the Wireless Printer Can Pose a Risk

Wi-Fi is certainly convenient. But it also has a dark side. When using Wi-Fi, anyone within a certain range of the signal can also use that signal. In the case of a wireless printer, anyone can access the connection to print documents. While the thought of losing ink and paper may not be a threatening one, consider that the individual would also be able to see the past, present and future jobs that are sitting in the print queue. All a hacker needs is access to a printer, and they can hack into the operating system of that printer to view the potentially sensitive security labels and other documents stored within.
As well, documents can be intercepted en-route from a computer or device to the printer via the Wi-Fi connection. What’s worse, if a printer has the capability to connect to the internet directly where embedded web servers await, and those servers are not properly secured, disaster could ensue.

Securing the Modern Printer

There are, thankfully, several ways to ensure that any wirelessly-connected printer is secure. One important suggestion is regularly to update the software associated with the printer. As mentioned earlier, an internet-capable printer can be just as vulnerable as a computer or router. It’s also important to install any patches as soon as they are released by the manufacturer.
Some printers allow printing directly from the printer’s RAM, or random access memory. This is a far more secure option, as once a print job has been completed, it can be erased immediately. As well, doing this means the printer’s internal hard drive is bypassed, foiling hackers.

Any network printers will need to have their permissions set so that control over who is and isn’t allowed to manage and send print jobs can be set. Although there is an option to allow everyone to do anything, choosing this is strongly discouraged.

You may also wish to consider disabling any reprint functions, which allow the same document to be printed any number of times.
Those printers with their Wi-Fi capability enabled will need to be protected with the proper level of security, which is WPA2 and not WEP.
You can also choose to track print jobs by date, time and even username, so that you know who has been printing documents and when.

Many of today’s printers include several security features, thanks to manufacturers becoming more aware of the risks associated with wireless printing. So it may pay to investigate these if the purchase of a new printer is in the budget.


Everything You Need To Know About Printing Labels with Your Inkjet Printer

printing labelsWhen you need to label your items, you may not be sure which type of label is best suited to your needs. When trying to make a choice, it might help you to know that the inkjet labels are currently one of the best-selling types. This is most likely due to the popularity of inkjet printers, which continues to increase due to the wide variety of printers available at prices to suit nearly every budget.

Why Inkjet?

The inkjet label has many advantages over its competition. Not only does it allow for inexpensive printing from the home, but the material from which these labels are made allows for quality printing without the bleeding of ink. The inkjet label also resists smudging, which means far less chance that additional labels will need to be printed in future.

Inkjet Printing Technology

The inkjet printer applies ink onto paper and labels by applying the ink in droplets. There are two ways to do this; continuous printing, and drop-on-demand printing.

Continuous Printing

Continuous printing offers high speed, meaning that it takes less time to print labels. As well, continuous printing eliminates the common issue of clogging in the ink nozzles, because this type of printing moves ink from the cartridge to the paper using high pressure. Once the ink reaches the nozzle, it is then subjected to an electrostatic charge. Deflection plates then direct the ink to the surface being printed on.


This form of printing can be accomplished using two methods: piezoelectric and thermal. Piezoelectric drop-on-demand printing uses chambers located behind the ink nozzles. These chambers are filled with ink, which is forced through the nozzle and onto the material being printed when an electric charge is applied.

Thermal drop-on-demand printing also requires the use of an ink cartridge that has chambers. However, the chambers in thermal drop-on-demand printing contain heaters instead of ink. An electric current passes through the heater, causing ink to bubble. As the ink bubbles, pressure increases to the point where ink is sprayed onto the material being printed.

Print Quality

The print quality of any label printed by an inkjet printer is determined by two factors: Dots per inch and pixels per inch. A dot is defined as the smallest amount that a printer can generate. A pixel is an image’s smallest unit.

Generating the best quality label means understanding how the above terms relate to one another. The inkjet printer renders its images using a limited set of colours, unless it is a higher-end printer, the latter of which uses a variety of colours. The DPI or dots-per-inch measurement is how many dots an inkjet printer can print over one inch of material. The PPI or pixels-per-inch measurement will be smaller than the DPI because many printer dots will make up a single pixel.

Usually, the higher the DPI, the clearer and cleaner the printed image or text will appear. Of course, there are other factors at play which the inkjet printer cannot control.

Image Size

The size of the image being printed on a label is important. For example, if you are trying to increase the size of a very small image to fill the length and width of a label, that image will become more and more distorted as its size is increased. A printer cannot clarify a picture that was distorted to begin with. So to avoid this problem, use an image that’s as close to the label’s size as possible. Doing so will result in a much clearer result.

Whether it’s a set of address, parcel, pallet shipping or other labels that you are trying to print, your business can save money and you can save time by printing them on an inkjet printer.


How to Protect your Assets using Custom Tracking Labels

asset trackingAsset tracking is a highly useful tool for companies to perform a variety of tasks ranging from inventory control to loss prevention. As modern technology continues to provide new and better ways to track assets, businesses today have many cost-effective options for using asset security labels and custom tracking labels to improve their systems.

A custom tracking label is an excellent resource for any type of business or organization. Using customized security labels can help companies retrieve stolen or lost assets as well as prevent theft and loss; aid in accurate record keeping and inventory management; streamline your tracking system into a unified process, and even keep track of maintenance and repair.

Here are some tips to keep in mind if your business is considering using custom tracking labels to protect your assets:

Determine which of your Assets Require Custom Tracking Labels

In addition to valuable or important assets, consider your moveable assets; for example, office equipment such as computers and phones can be moved multiple times within the same company, making it necessary to track their movement and verify ownership.

Decide which Type of Label Material Best Suits your Needs

There are specialized tracking labels for a variety of environments, indoors and outdoors, to withstand even the harshest conditions. For assets with a lesser risk of loss or damage, you might use barcode labels, which can be made of metal, plastic or vinyl, and contain a unique barcode and serial number. Barcode labels can also carry your company name/logo and contact number. Microchips also have a unique number that can be scanned and can be more tamper-proof than barcodes. Metallic labels are among most durable and long-lasting; your information is sealed into the label, making it resistant to harsh weather, chemicals, abrasion, and more.

Include Customized Information on your Labels

Many businesses use a title, such as “Property Of” or “For Service Call,” along with the company name, location, and contact number, for their asset tracking labels. Some labels can also feature the company logo. Serial numbers can provide an added measure of protection, provided a high-quality label is used.

Properly Apply your Asset Labels

If applying the custom labels yourself, keep in mind that many adhesives will take up to 72 hours to be completely adhered, especially with an irregular surface. Be sure to follow the instructions for application and storage to achieve the best results from your asset security labels. Also, carefully consider the location before placing your labels on your equipment. They should not be put in a spot that is hard to get to, but asset tracking labels should be placed in a location that is not very easily seen, and away from areas that encounter frequent wear.

Considering you have chosen the best type, material, personalized information, and location for your custom labels, asset tracking should be a cinch for your business. More and more companies are taking advantage of the benefits and peace of mind provided by asset tracking with custom labels.

Custom Label Printing

custom labelsCustom label printing is a practical, convenient tool for any organized individual or business. Printing custom labels on your own rather than sending jobs to a printer can save money and increase efficiency for a variety of tasks, from shipping and asset tracking to storage organization and product labelling.

Regardless of the task, before printing labels on your own, it is important to know some basic printing procedures and limitations so that your custom job does not end up turning into more of a headache than a help.

Use the Right Materials  

Many people learn the hard way that the success of a custom label printing job depends on the materials you use. This includes the type of printer, the labels themselves and the programs or templates used to create the project.

First off, make sure to use a printer or a label maker that has the capability to print the type of labels you need. Two main types of printers used in offices and homes are inkjets and laser printers. For those who are unaware of the difference between these, inkjets spray ink onto a sheet while laser printers use heat to melt the toner into the paper. These two technologies offer different advantages; some prefer inkjets because they can produce higher quality in detail and colour while busy offices might decide on a laser printer that has the ability to handle high-volume printing jobs with greater speed. There are also thermal printers, which utilize a digital printing process that does not require ink or toner.

The type of printer you use can affect the quality and type of your labelling jobs. For example, certain types of labels are specialized to suit inkjet printers; others are made specifically for laser or thermal printers. You will maximize the quality of your labels by using products tailored to your equipment. Conversely, using the wrong type of label in your printer can lead to time-consuming, costly paper jams that defeat the purpose of doing it yourself.

Similarly, consider the type of labels that will suit your needs; a label that you use for a CD or DVD does not need to be made of the same heavy-duty material as a mailing label or asset tracking in industrial environments. If you are using product labelling, you will want an eye-catching label that separates your brand from the competition, such as foils or fluorescents; on the other hand, post offices might have a hard time accurately shipping your products with these colours. Therefore, it is vital to choose the label that best suits your project needs.

Creating Your Labels

Creating labels has become a relatively simple process, thanks to continuously updated software. Word processing programs, such as Microsoft Word, have built-in label templates that make it easy to create and print labels of varying sizes and for a range of purposes. You can also use mail merge; insert graphics or custom logos; and more.

If using a recent version of Word, click Mailings, then Labels for the “Envelopes and Labels” window. This will allow you to create address labels; for other tasks, click Options in this window and choose the brand and style you need. Make sure you select the right type; otherwise your labels may print out incorrectly. Always print out a test page first to avoid the frustration of wasting expensive label sheets.

Many other companies and websites also offer software for label making, including major CD/DVD burning programs. Check with the manufacturer of the labels to see if they have a particular template available; you may be able to find even more creative options for your project.



Using a Custom Label Printer

custom label makers

Sending label jobs to a printer can be both time-consuming and expensive. Many individuals and businesses instead opt for purchasing a custom label printer, which comes in handy for a variety of labelling needs in addition to everyday printing tasks.

Just to be clear, a label printer is different from a stand-alone label maker, which usually includes a built-in screen and keyboard and is used for the singular purpose of typing and printing labels directly from the unit. Label printers, on the other hand, can usually be used for all of your printing needs, making it a more practical, multi-functional tool. Choosing a good label printer will allow you to produce high-quality custom labels with graphics, colour pictures, bar codes and more.

The following are just some of the tasks you can complete with a custom label printer:

  • Shipping labels. Using labels of different sizes, you can complete every step of the shipping process, from address labels to listing package contents and return labels. There are many templates available to help create the correct labels to suit your needs, whether you require a mass mailing or an individual envelope. Default return addresses, mail merges, the option of using personalized fonts and images such as company logos—these are among the benefits of creating your labels for shipping using your printer. Also, the labels can be customized in terms of shape, colour, and material, adding a personal touch to your mailings.
  • Asset tracking. Keeping track of assets is a critical component for businesses, whether the system is used for controlling inventory, tracking orders or monitoring repairs. Printing custom asset tracking labels can facilitate the process. Businesses have a range of options: creating unique identification tags for each asset, labelling the shelves and locations, and having the option of using more durable labels for harsh environments are all possible with a custom label printer.
  • Product/barcode labels. Barcodes are perhaps the most well-known type of product labelling, and can be easily created and printed from within your office. But not everyone realizes that companies may also use product labelling for a range of other tasks, including ingredient lists, product warnings, directions, and expiration dates. Branding/promotional labels can be created on eye-catching colours and materials (such as glossy, fluorescent or metallic labels), and affixed on gifts or giveaways to promote your company.

Tips for Printing

Before printing your labels, make sure you are aware of the correct ink colour, paper size and type required for your printer (for example, if printing semi-gloss labels, you may need a specific wax/resin paper). Also, if you use a thermal label printer, which applies heat to transfer paper rather than using ink, keep in mind that these labels usually are not ideal for long-term needs, as heat or light exposure can cause them to fade.

Whether you decide to go with an inkjet or laser printer can have an effect on your label creation as well. For instance, if you plan on doing mass mailings, you may opt for a laser printer, which usually has the capacity for faster production of high-volume jobs. However, if you plan to use richly coloured or highly detailed labels, or if you often print in smaller batches, an inkjet printer might be more practical. The type of labels you purchase may correspond to either of these types of printers. You can eliminate any confusion, however, by just ordering inkjet laser labels that are compatible for both types.

Custom label printers are a staple of many busy offices due to their cost-effectiveness and ease of use. You will have a practically limitless resource for label creation with this versatile tool.

Using Safety Labels for Chemicals

chemical labelsThere are a number of laws mandating that employers correctly label chemicals, especially those that are potentially dangerous. Companies are not allowed to transport, use or store hazardous substances that are not labelled properly.

Over a decade ago, the International Labour Organisation (in conjunction with its Convention and Recommendation on Safety in the Use of Chemicals at Work) found that a harmonised approach to identifying and protecting against chemicals was lacking in the global community. To unify and strengthen international efforts to improve safety and communication, the United Nations issued the Globally Harmonised System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). This system developed a more comprehensive worldwide approach to chemicals that would more effectively communicate information and protective measures, in order to safeguard against disasters in the workplace and environment.

Required Information for Chemical Safety Labels

In keeping with GHS recommendations, make sure that you include the following elements on your safety labels for chemicals, and be aware of any additional information that may be required by local agencies (or other countries, if you do business globally). Keep in mind that workplace chemicals can have different—and usually more stringent—safety labelling than chemicals in consumer products.

  • Chemical identification is the first step of hazard communication. Labels must list the name or number of the chemical (a product identifier) as well as applicable hazard warnings. Hazard warnings must be able to convey immediate understanding of risks to health and environment; this can be achieved by using a combination of words and pictures. The GHS standardized label elements are symbols, also called hazard pictograms, which show the hazard class/category; signal words (“danger” for more serious hazards and “warning” for less of a risk), and hazard statements that describe the nature of the risk. Only the symbol/signal word that corresponds to the most severe hazard should be included on the label; for example, if “danger” applies to any chemical, the signal word “warning” should not also be included.
  • The chemical supplier must include their contact information (name, address, phone number) on the label.
  • Labels should include information about how to safely store, handle, use and dispose of the chemical. Precautionary statements and/or symbols will prevent and minimise any adverse effects.
  • If a chemical is transferred from its original container into a new one, the portable container must also comply with labelling regulations.  This is especially true if used outside of working hours, or if the person who transfers the chemical or portable container leaves the work area.

Creating Chemical Safety Labels

  • Templates are available through numerous websites and software that will make label creation a simple task; or you can send your request to a reliable label manufacturer. Be sure to specify the information you need to include and choose only the highest quality to avoid having to redo the process later on.
  • The material and quality of your labels matter. By law, safety labels on hazardous chemicals must be readable and permanent, affixed to the chemical container or pipe work. Many label manufacturers specialise in creating durable, permanent adhesive labels that can withstand even the harshest industrial or outdoor conditions. Use the best quality for your protection and the protection of those who are handling or storing your chemicals.

By correctly labelling chemicals, companies can ensure a safer workplace; reduce health care costs due to fewer chemical-related accidents and illnesses; increase efficiency, and even create a more reliable corporate image. Workers will benefit from a more simplified system for identifying and handling chemicals, and the environment and the general public deserve the right to an honest, preventive approach towards chemical incidents.

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What to Include in Hazardous Chemicals Label Training?

Uchemical and hazardous labelsnderstanding Chemical Hazard Labels

Regardless of location, manufacturers and suppliers are required to label all hazardous chemicals correctly. Companies can avoid delays in supply—and bureaucratic hassles—by taking the time to place proper labelling on all hazardous chemicals.

The United Nations has a Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) that specifies certain elements and formats that must be included in this process. Developed by the International Labour Organization, the GHS was created to unify global definitions of chemical hazards in terms of health and environment; classify the level of risk posed by certain chemicals, and relay information about these risks and protective measures.

Any company that has involvement in hazardous chemicals should be aware of the GHS system of regulations—regardless of local agency laws for hazardous chemicals—and adequately train employees in these labelling procedures. Doing so will help cut down on potential risks.

For your protection and the safety of those in and around the work site, make sure that employees are trained on the following elements of hazardous chemical labels:

  • The type of information included on hazardous chemical labels. This might include a product identifier that tells the chemical name, code or batch number. There are two signal words that show employees the level of threat posed by a chemical: “danger,” which is used for more serious risks, and “warning,” for hazards that are less severe. Labels will also include hazard statements, which explain the nature and/or degree of risk (i.e., which part of the body may be affected, and how this can occur, whether through skin contact or ingestion, etc.). Pictograms, which include a black hazard symbol on a white background with a red diamond frame, also need to be understood by employees; it would be useful to have a reference tool for common pictograms readily accessible for quick identification. Employees should also know the function of precautionary statements that tell what measures to take to minimize or prevent the effects of exposure. All labels must also include the name and contact information (address and phone number) of the chemical’s manufacturer or distributor.
  • How the labels are used in the workplace. Don’t assume that employees already know how the information on a hazardous chemical label can help them ensure proper handling and storage, or that they are aware of how to quickly find information pertaining to first aid in the case of contact. Ensure that all employees fully understand the risks and procedures for handling these chemicals. Bear in mind that a worker that uses English as a second language can be better informed through the use of pictures or a translator.
  • How label information works together to avoid redundancy. Explain that different pictograms and statements may be used for various hazards; and that in most cases, the precautionary statement that offers the highest level of protection will be used in the case of multiple chemicals. For example, a label that bears the word “danger” would be used if even one of several chemicals carries a high risk, regardless of whether the other chemicals included would warrant a “warning” label.

If you are creating your own custom chemical hazard labels, make sure you use the highest quality of printing and material, so that the labels will be capable of withstanding even the harshest conditions from industrial sites to outdoors. There is a variety of durable labels available that utilize extremely strong adhesives and material, such as vinyl or metal. It is critical to maintain the same level of safety in the long-term, as well as the immediate future.