British Standard BS 5609 is a specification for printed pressure-sensitive or self-adhesive coated labels for marine use.
Under the United Nations’ Global Harmonization System (GHS) and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) code, chemical manufacturers transporting dangerous goods on international waters are required to meet BS 5609 specifications for labeling, which means requires that labels be able to withstand a three-month salt-water submersion test.
To obtain BS 5609 certification, labels need to withstand a three-month salt water submersion test in the English Channel. BS5609-certified labels are proven meet the most stringent tests for durability in the industry, and are described as an extremely durable label suitable use in harsh environmental conditions.
There are two key sections of the standard:
Section 2 – Label performance
This section tests the permanence and durability of the BS 5609 label material and adhesive under conditions of marine exposure, temperature variations, weathering and exposure to salt spray and sunlight. Section 2 tests are conducted on blank adhesive-coated base material to determine the permanence and durability of the label material and adhesive.
BS 5609 section 2 certification:
Section 3 – Print performance
This section of BS5609 tests the abrasion resistance and permanence of the print on the label. Testing includes exposure to artificial weathering (salt spray and sunlight), tape removal and abrasion resistance. (Samples are rolled in a mixture of sand and artificial sea water). Only section 2 approved materials can be used for section 3 testing.
BS 5609 section 3 certifications:
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