Hazard labels are required for every type of battery sold to consumers to alert the buyer of potential dangers. Required battery hazard labels vary based on several factors including the type. For example, lithium products must have a Class 9 identifier whereas lead acid products need a Class 8. Battery hazard labels are critical because they universally communicate the following to everyone who handles them:
- Special Handling Instructions
- Risk Awareness
- Package Placement
- Shipping Precautions
- Emergency Information
Adding the wrong one or missing a regulatory requirement could be detrimental to your product and prevent shipment or result in legal complications. Battery hazard labels must remain on the product for its duration of use making it important to choose the right materials as well as adhesives. If the identifier becomes unreadable or falls off, then you could be responsible.
Important Considerations when Ordering from a Provider
Having the right identifiers and reliable warnings starts with a solid, dependable provider. Even with the right supplier, it is important to know what you need and to fully discuss these needs before designing or ordering. Here are a few considerations:
- Size – The size of the hazard identifier will vary based on defined requirements and the product type.
- Label Construction – A provider should have a proper material construction for application requirement. If a new material needs to be established then your provider can make recommendations.
- Warning Type – Hazard identifiers cover 9 precise dangers making it important to know which ones are necessary for your products.
A provider must be able to meet the defined regulatory requirements including size, design, and warning type. They must also use dependable, high-quality materials that provide the following protection for exposure to harsh conditions such as:
- Extreme Cold
- Extreme Heat
These types of conditions will cause the label to become unreadable or fall off the battery. Take time to understand the requirements for your specific products and then discuss these needs in full to ensure the right materials and designs are used to create your battery hazard labels.
At Flexo-Graphics, we understand the importance of meeting all regulatory requirements. Our team will work with you to ensure the end result is fully compliant with all regulations based on the label type. Contact us today to learn how we can help you with this important part of product labeling.