A durable label, sometimes called a drum label, is a thermal label applied to containers, like drums, canisters, or barrels, holding potentially or known hazardous chemicals, materials, and waste. These labels must be made with extremely substantial materials and a strong adhesive to guarantee they do not fall off, become damaged, scratched, or faded.
The materials used for durable labels are non-paper, synthetic materials, usually polypropylene, polyester, or polyethylene, a blend of the previous two. These types of materials are tear, weather, and scratch-resistant, as well as resistant to oils and chemicals. Other sturdy materials like vinyl and nylon can also be used. These synthetic materials are more expensive than paper products but the benefits outway the costs when it comes to durability.
The organizations that require these labels do so with the mission to identify and classify hazardous products, to educate and inform workers, employees, and emergency personnel, and overall create a safe environment that prevents injury, illness, or fatality.
In order to communicate the many potential dangers each product is comprised of, durable labels generally consist of two common elements:
- Pictograms or symbols
The reasoning being that these two features can be communicated and understood universally, which is beneficial to hazardous materials that are packaged or shipped internationally.