According to the Chemicals Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply Regulations 2009, no person shall supply to the general public a dangerous substance or a dangerous preparation labelled as:
(a) very toxic
(e) extremely flammable; or
(f) highly flammable
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unless the packaging carries a tactile warning of danger in accordance with EN ISO 11683. Our tactile triangle labels as the regulations require has a raised print - similar to braille. The standard tactile triangle label is 25mm in size with a raised equilateral triangle which has 20mm sides. As the labels are transparent they can be stuck over an existing label or printing information without obscuring what lies beneath.
What Are Tactile Triangle Labels?
You’ve probably seen the distinctive warning triangle labels on hazardous chemicals, such as household bleach.
What you might not have noticed are the raised transparent triangles that make these warnings accessible to those with visual impairments – in a way, a form of Braille. The raised triangles can be bought as stickers, or imprinted on the container when manufactured, and are required by European law.
Where are they found?
Tactile labels can be found on all hazardous chemicals that are labelled: ‘irritant’, ‘corrosive’, ‘flammable’, and others. In the home, you might have a bottle of bleach or oven spray that carries the label.
The symbols are primarily used for products in the chemical industry and in laboratories, where the strength and quantity of hazardous materials is more likely to make them a danger.
What’s the law?
The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) first set out their document for tactile warning labels in 1997 – ISO 11683. Before this point, it was up to countries themselves to make standards in legislation. Things have come a long way since countries made their own rules though, and now in the UK and across Europe, packaging of hazardous chemicals is governed by ‘Guidance on Labelling and Packaging in accordance with Regulation (EC) 1272/2008.’
Perhaps surprisingly, this European regulation was never actually law, with member states signing up to it on a voluntary basis. In 2015, things changed a little and now the legislation is ingrained in European law, so all members of the European Union must comply. This means there’s no need for individual countries to pass legislation through parliament, standardising the industry. The legal process requires jumping through hoops, but all countries and manufacturers agree how important it is to have standard packaging and labelling.
If you are looking for Hazard Triangle Warning Labels, then take a look at what we can provide you with Sticky Labels. As an added benefit our labels are transparent they can be stuck with an existing label or printing information without obscuring what lies beneath.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org using "tactile triangle labels" as the subject line and let us know the quantity of labels you would like. We will then get back to you with a quotation.