What is all this about Tactile Warning Labels?
What is a Tactile Warning Label for?
European Standard BS EN ISO 11683:1997 states that all substances readily available to the public which are labelled ‘very toxic’, ‘toxic’, ‘corrosive’, ‘harmful’ or ‘extremely flammable’ and any aerosol propelled by butane, must by law have a tactile danger warning label. This is because when someone who is blind or has impaired vision, handle a package it is difficult or impossible for them to tell whether or not it contains harmless or dangerous substances or preparations. A tactile label means that it is perceptible to the touch and this is specifically to alert the blind or partially sighted that they are handling a dangerous product.
What do Tactile Warning labels look like?
The warning symbol on a Tactile Label is an equilateral triangle. These tactile warning labels are produced by a special process in accordance with ENISO 11683 which clearly sets out the dimensions. The triangle must be equilateral with sides either 9mm (overall label size 13 x 13mm) or 18mm (label size 20 x 20mm). The new, revised ISO 9001:2008 Standard also allows a reduced size (with the triangle being completely filled) and a small, 3-dot symbol.
The process of producing tactile warning labels is complicated, but it enables the mark to sit proud on the substrate so that it can be read in the same way as braille. The label material is usually transparent for the orange warning to show through.
Who Needs to Use them?
If you supply chemicals in any volume or amount, from the growing e-liquid production market to manufacturers of paint thinners, you will need to know about the Chemicals (Hazard Information and Packaging for Supply) Regulations 2009 – known as the CHIP Regulations and the European Regulation on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures, known as the CLP Regulation.
You must ensure that any products you sell to the public which are covered by these legislation’s have a tactile warning of danger in the form of a raised triangle label.
How Do I get Tactile Warning Labels for my Products?
Adcal Labels can provide you with rolls of clear tactile warning labels which you then affix to your packaging and containers as an addition to your existing warning labels or alternatively, you can opt for an integrated warning triangle label. With this process we screen print a raised triangle as a single process after your packaging label has been printed, the raised triangle is then an integral part of your product label.
We can even provide a tactile warning application service to save you time and effort if you send us your per-printed labels.
Beware of cheap, imported tactile warning labels. They may look the part but they likely do not comply with the European Standard. Our labels are fully compliant and run under strict ISO 9001:2008 Standard.