Engineered for performance

Meet GHS compliance needs, enhance workplace safety and increase throughput with PPG TESLIN® BS-5609 certified label stock


Chemical drum labels made with PPG TESLIN® substrate are designed to meet the industry’s toughest labeling challenges, whether the goal is to achieve GHS-compliance or simply to produce a durable label that stands up to harsh shipping and environmental conditions.

Teslin substrate is polyolefin synthetic material manufactured with micropores that absorb ink and toner, making printed information nearly impervious to wear from handling and abrasion.

Features and benefits for chemical drum labels:

  • Increase ProductivityIncrease Productivity
  • Enhance Workplace SafetyEnhance Workplace Safety
  • Easy ApplicationEasy Application
  • Tamper-Evident SecurityTamper-Evident Security
  • Exceptional DurabilityExceptional Durability
  • Easy, High-Quality PrintEasy, High-Quality Print
  • Increase productivity - Impede static build-up during digital printing to improve throughput and reduce waste.
  • Enhance workplace safety - Absorb and dissipate static build-up in hazardous environments to reduce risks associated with electrical discharge and arc-flash related fires. 
  • Application ease – Conform to different packaging shapes and offer bubble-free label application. 
  • Tamper-evident security – Permanently distort if alteration is attempted.
  • Exceptional durability - Withstand exposure to water, steam and extreme low and high temperatures, and resists chemicals, solvents, tears and abrasion (BS 5609 section 2 and 3 certified).
  • Easy, high-quality print – Offer compatibility with a wide range of print processes, including inkjet, laser and thermal transfer for on-demand and variable data printing—no coating or corona treatment required.

PPG offers a BS 5609-certified, on-demand printable label stock for GHS Compliance and also works with numerous label manufacturers and converters that specialize in designing and producing GHS-compliant labels.  Contact us to learn more.

GHS label printer sees productivity, cost-savings with PPG TESLIN label stock

GHS label printer sees productivity, cost-savings with PPG TESLIN® label stock

Learn how one of our GHS label customers doubled workload and saved $120,000 annually.

Key mandates for chemical manufacturers and transporters

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals is a global system for hazard classification and chemical hazard communication. GHS serves as a guide for labeling chemicals and hazardous materials for the purpose of establishing a common infrastructure for communicating unified information to users of chemicals globally. The ultimate goal of GHS is to help improve and protect human health and the environment.
In addition to meeting GHS standards for drum label content, distributors who ship chemicals via ocean freight are required by the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code to use British Standard (BS) 5609-certified pressure-sensitive, adhesive labels.
As a result of these two mandates, many chemical companies around the world are transitioning from thermal printing of black-and-white shipping labels to more sophisticated on-demand, in-house printing of multi-color shipping labels using thermal transfer, laser, inkjet or other digital print technologies.

Why Teslin label stock is preferred for GHS-compliant drum labels for chemicals and hazardous materials

Because of its unique microporous structure, Teslin substrate offers performance benefits that cannot be matched by other label substrates.  The combined and exclusive performance advantages of Teslin substrate for GHS labels include:

Sample GHS-complaint label
  • Print compatibility and versatility
    Teslin substrate accommodates a wide range of high-temperature and digital color printing technologies, including laser, inkjet and thermal-transfer printing. This can help chemical companies transition from thermal transfer printing of black-and-white chemical drum labels to digital printing of GHS-compliant labels using the same label paper and label stock.
  • Static resistance for increased productivity and enhanced workplace safety
    Many synthetic substrates are vulnerable to static build-up. Excess static can cause a number of throughput problems for digitally-printed labels, from sticking together during printing to adhering to themselves when liners are peeled during application.  Electrical currents have the potential to shock or injure press operators, or to spark fires in volatile chemical environments. The micropores in Teslin label stock absorb and dissipate static, improving print throughput and quality, minimizing losses from wasted productivity, consumables and labels, and reducing the potential for electrical discharge for enhanced workplace safety. (Teslin substrate passes ESDS.541 at 50 percent relative humidity).
  • Security and durability of printed data
    Teslin label stock protects shipping data on GHS labels in two ways. First, the microporous surface absorbs inks and toners, locking printed information into the label stock and rendering it nearly impervious to scrapes, scuffs and other damage. Second, Teslin substrate readily bonds to numerous adhesive systems, enabling customized label solutions that bind to a wide range of demanding packaging surfaces.
  • Chemical and water resistance
    Teslin substrate has earned BS 5609 label certification for chemical and water resistance and immersion in seawater.
  • Faster production
    Micropores facilitate fast-drying of inks and toners to accelerate production throughput compared to substrates that require specialty inks and toners or longer dry times.
  • Lamination strength
    Teslin substrate bonds with adhesive and laminating films, expanding the range of options available for durable, customized, specialty label solutions.

Contact us to request samples and learn more about the high-performance benefits of Teslin label stock for GHS-compliant chemical drum and container labels.

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