What are BS5609 Labels?


The term “BS5609 labels” can sometimes be referenced as such when describing an extra durable label.

It is not an imperative requirement for your label to have BS5609 certification unless it is a printed self-adhesive label to be placed on a chemical drum and shipped by sea.

However, there are a variety of Labels used in wet or humid conditions which are often made with BS5609 compliant materials or BS5609 approved adhesive, some examples of these are boat labels, cheese labels and labels used in Garden Centres.  All the information is required to remain firmly attached to the product for identification /batch code purposes.

Gilly Print have excellent knowledge in supplying labels, materials and printers to suit almost any industry requirement.

The BS5609 Standard

BS5609 is a British Standard which relates to self-adhesive chemical labels which are exposed to the elements of sea waters, sun, salt and abrasion.  It is most often known as a requirement for “Marine Labels”.

BS5609 approved labels are required to be made from  a durable material, adhesive coated and use a high- performance suitable ink which will remain legible in extreme seaBS5609 labelling and salt water conditions.

The main 2 sections of the BS5609 standard are;

Section 2 – Label Performance

Section 3 – Print Performance

There are strict regulations which exist according to the IMDG code for labelling on Dangerous Chemicals transported by sea.

Due to the Maritime Dangerous goods code (January 2014) BS5609 certification is required for self-adhesive Labels used on goods transported by sea which can have a hazardous effect on the Health ie toxic or irritants, environment, and also physical hazards such as explosive or flammable.

The correct storage and labelling procedures must to be adhered to in order to ensure safety during transportation.  It is vital to protect the crew and other human life and avoid polluting the sea waters. 3 months sea immersion testing is required so that if the drum washed up ashore it still has all the critical Safety Data and GHS Pictogram(s) firmly attached and legible and therefore can be dealt with accordingly if found .

GHS is a Globally Harmonised System which is for hazard labelling.  The GHS was formed in order to have a globally recognised format of identifying chemicals or substances in a clear and concise way by using the correct labelling and an understanding of the need to follow the Data sheet/Advice.

GHS guidelines should be followed regarding the information required on the GHS Label and the size and style of the label.

There are 9 GHS Pictograms which are diamond shaped with a red border.   The Pictograms can be used for labelling of hazards on chemicals /substances.

To summarise, due to the IMDG code and the GHS legislation, when shipping goods which can pose a hazard to human or aquatic life then it is a requirement for the organiser to ensure that the labels have been fully tested to BS5609 standards. That standard is then also used a good benchmark for other types of labelling where durability of label and print in certain conditions is required.

Gilly Print Prize Draw Winner at the New Forest Business Expo


After a very successful day at this year’s New Forest Business Expo Gilly Print was pleased to announce recently that the lucky winner of the Champagne draw   was Ivor Rawlings from Crown Foods in Lymington. Crown Foods are local food suppliers based in Lymington. Ivor popped into Gilly Print Labels this morning to receive his prize which was kindly donated by Trevor Coles from Priory Wines. Priory Wines are also located at Ampress Park where the Gilly Print Head Office is situated.

The New Forest Business Expo was a wonderful opportunity for local businesses to get to know each other and new business relationships were made on the day. Gilly Print was hosting a stand where other businesses could speak to our friendly staff and get to know what we can offer in the printing business.  We also had a desk top printer in operation for people to see how they can make printing work for themselves and reduce production costs. Many examples of labels that we have produced were on display to give people an idea of the various different types of labels are available. For labels that require artwork advice was given with regard to the best types of designs which are suitable for printing.

Overall it was a very successful and enjoyable day.

Enjoy Ivor!


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Labels and Printers

The New Year is now well and truly upon us and now is the time to restock after the Christmas rush.  Why not take a fresh look at your labels and think about updating your designs or simply ensure that you have got enough stock in to see you through the next few months.  Contact our experts here at Gilly Print for some fresh ideas for the new year.

Coloured Labels and Window Stickers

Gilly Print has a wonderful new printer and we are now able to offer a wide range of smaller runs of labels and window stickers. Window stickers are a great way to promote your business or show your support for local clubs and charities.  For expert advice on all your label requirements contact Gilly Print now on 01590 718002.

Expanding thermal label production in Lymington, Hants

Gilly Print is pleased to announce that it has expanded it’s label production in Lymington, Hampshire to help provide an even  better service for it’s customers in the Hampshire and Dorset areas.  Our Lymington facilities specialising in Thermal label printing in Hampshire has grown by 20% over the past year. The Lymington label print unit  will help to maintain the services required from it’s customers.  For more help and information please do not hesitate to contact Gilly Print at Lymington Hampshire  on 01590 718002.


Specialising in thermal labels, thermal printers and ribbons.

What Gilly Print offers

We know from our own personal experience that buying a thermal bar code printer from a ‘box shifter’ printer warehouse can be a nightmare. You know the problems once you open the box: no cables, complicated manuals, no labels, even if there were labels in the box, how do you thread the roll of labels and printer ribbon through the printer, how do you set up your art work?
Worst of all when you press the button – nothing! No print!
You contact the warehouse, but all they want to do is charge you £150 to come out and fix the problem.

We’re different. When you phone us, we ask you what you want to print, give you the best possible advice and set up your first job on the software including two lines of text and a bar code.

We set up your new bar code printer with the ribbon and the free roll of labels already installed ready to print. We print your artwork on the machine and leave the printed bar code labels on the roll, so you can see exactly how it all works.

The printer and labels are sent to you by carrier for ‘next day delivery.’

Happy New Year – Fresh Ideas from Gilly Print

Now that we are into the New Year how about making a few changes to your existing labels.  Update your current labels by changing the design, choosing new colours or simply changing the shape of your labels.

Make your labels work for you whether you are using them to promote your products or simply using them in the warehouse.

Try printing your own labels. We can supply you with the best printer for your needs together with a wide range of Thermal labels.

If you are feeling inspired give us a call on 01590 718002.

Self Cling Labels

Self-Cling Labels


Self-Cling Labels – If you are looking for a good way of promoting your products and services have you ever thought about Self Cling Labels.  These plastic labels can stick to car windscreens and all glass surfaces.  Cleverly designed they can be printed with your own text and logos.  Take a look at our self-cling labels page in the drop down menu.  For further details contact us on 01590 718002.

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