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Importance of Correct Labelling for Health & Safety

BY Rebecca | 2 December, 2014 | no comments

Labels are something that we tend to take for granted much of the time. After all, they are present on most of the items we see in shops and if you’re used to buying particular products, you might not bother to read the information printed on them.

However, it is vital that firms provide labels containing the relevant information about their goods. As well as giving useful information to help buyers make informed choices, labels serve a crucial role in promoting health and safety. Fortunately, it’s now easy for firms to access the labels they need. Specialist suppliers like LabelsPlus offer a variety of these items, including laser labels, roll labels and more.

For certain types of product, effective and informative labelling is particularly important.


Dangerous goods

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For example, goods that are potentially dangerous must feature suitable safety information. Companies that produce or supply hazardous products, such as explosives, flammables, infectious materials and toxic substances, must show the relevant safety information on the labels.

It is vital that anyone who handles, transports or stores these items knows how to minimise any risks. The absence of suitable safety labelling can put people, property and the environment in unnecessary danger, and it can result in the prosecution of the organisations responsible.


Food and drink

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Food and drink are also subject to stringent labelling rules. At the most basic level, the information provided on packaging must be clear and easy to read, easily visible and not misleading. It must also list the ingredients.

When food is sold pre-packed, it must show the name of the product, the ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ date, the quantity and any necessary warnings. If relevant, it must also include details of any special storage conditions and instructions for cooking or using.

If applicable to their products, producers must also warn that drinks have an alcohol content above 1.2 per cent, that products contains GM ingredients (unless the presence is accidental and 0.9 per cent or less) or that products have been radiated.


Information is key

Without the relevant details on product labels, buyers would not be able to make informed decisions when perusing the range of goods on offer. In addition, they may not know how to handle, transport, store or use products safely.

Given the importance of detailed safety information, it is no surprise that strict rules are in place governing what must be included on certain product labels.

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