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Label Material Types

Here at Label Source, we pride ourselves on being able to provide a huge range of signs, stickers, and labels for all occasions. We understand that everyone has different requirements and try to cater for all of these. The range of choice may seem overwhelming, so we’ve created this blog post to explain the various label material types, so you can pick the right label material for your needs.


Self-Adhesive Paper

paper labels

This general label type is ideal for stationary use or where temporary labels are needed. Cost-effective and reliable, these get the job done. Often used in office environments or for packaging, these are easy to write on and come in a range of designs and colours.

Of course, paper labels will eventually get damaged with wear so if you need something that will last we would recommend looking into more hardy label materials. 


Self-Adhesive Vinyl

vinyl labels

These are sturdier and longer lasting than their paper alternative. Self-adhesive vinyl is resistant to liquids and is more difficult to damage. They are ideal for indoor use but can also be used in covered outside areas that do not face particularly harsh elements. Like paper, they can also be printed upon. 

Although sturdier than paper, there is a chance that self-adhesive vinyl can wear and begin to un-stick. If you need labels that will constantly face harsher elements or need an outside label that will last, we would advise you to look at a more permanent label material.


Aluminium Foil

foil labels

We sell an extensive range of aluminium foil labels for a wide range of uses. Unlike some other flimsier label materials, foil can withstand extreme temperatures from minus 45 degrees to up to 130 degrees Celsius. If your labels are to be placed in an environment that exposes them to harsh elements, aluminium foil is a fantastic label material. Unlike general labels, these foil labels won’t become burnt, damaged of unstuck. 

These labels use an extremely strong adhesive, so once they are stuck they are incredibly difficult to remove. This is great for permanent labels and makes them very difficult to steal if you are using them on mobile assets. However, if you plan to move your labels often, you should consider a more suitable label material. 


If you need any advice about which label material types are best for you requirements, we are more than happy to advise! Just give us a ring on, 0800 3761 693.

Social Housing Health and Safety

Recent research by The Independent has revealed that more than half a million social homes in England fail to meet the most basic health and safety standards. Almost a quarter of a million of those properties were regarded as containing a category one safety hazard, which refers to incredibly dangerous safety issues such as inadequate security, vermin infestations, dangerous boilers, exposed wiring and overloaded electricity sockets. These statistics are particularly worrying in the face of the recent Grenfell Tower Fire tragedy, in which it is believed around 80 people died due to disastrous health and safety failures. 

Bad health and safety issues are not only confined to social housing either, as it is believed that millions more are suffering the same fate in privately rented properties across the UK. This is why it is important to ensure your tenant's housing meets the required health and safety standards at all times. Increased pressure will be placed upon government ministers, local councils and housing associations to improve social housing, which is why you should be ahead of the game when it comes to improving health and safety within your own letting properties. 

Something as simple as safety signs can make a big difference to the outcome of a dangerous situation. Here's a look at some of the necessary safety signs to ensure the safety of your tenants at all times.

Access and Emergency Safety Signs 

Health and Safety Signs

Acess and Emergency Safety signs play an essential part in ensuring tenants know what steps to take in the occasion of a fire. Signs that state things as simple as 'This area to be kept clear at all times' or 'Fire door keep shut' can make the difference between life and death in those situations.

Fire action safety signs are crucial to ensuring tenants know the safest routes out of the building. On the fire action safety signs that we stock here at Label Source we also include a blank area to write precisely where the fire assembly point in your building is. To browse our full collection of Access and Emergency Safety Signs, just click here

We also have a range of other safety signs that fit health and safety requirements in all buildings. These include: 

Plus many more categories, which you can browse at your leisure here

If you have any custom requirements for your health and safety signs, feel free to get in touch with us on 0800 3761 693 or contact us here

Chemical label examples

Chemicals can be very dangerous, and as with any hazardous item, it's important to label chemicals and other substances clearly so that people can identify possible risks.

For instance, if a substance is highly flammable, you should use the appropriate sign or label to make this clear to all.

What does the law say about labelling hazardous chemicals?

Chemical label requirements vary from one country to the next, but here in Britain, the law is currently based on European Regulation No. 1272/2008 (also known as the CLP regulation - CLP stands for 'classification, labelling and packaging'). In England, Wales and Scotland, this regulation is primarily enforced by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive).

Here's what the HSE website has to say about labelling hazardous chemicals:

"Some chemicals need more careful handling than others. Labels can help you identify the more hazardous chemicals, tell you what the hazards are and how to avoid them...where the supplier does conclude that a chemical could cause harm, they are expected to provide information about this on the label...chemical suppliers must use [specific symbols and warnings] where hazardous properties have been identified."

If you are a supplier/manufacturer of potentially hazardous chemicals, it is your duty to label these goods using the appropriate pictograms. Under the CLP regulation, the UK and all other EU member states use the UN's Globally Harmonised System (GHS) to label hazardous chemicals. Standard GHS labels look like this:

GHS Labels

These labels and their symbols are recognised internationally, and so all hazardous substances you supply should feature these pictograms as necessary. GHS classifications are explained here.

(Of course, the law may be subject to change when the UK leaves the European Union in March 2019, but given that the GHS is used all over the world - and not just in the EU - there is a good chance that the requirements for chemical labels in this country will remain more or less the same post-Brexit. 

Buy GHS labels >

Here at Label Source, we sell a huge variety of chemical hazard labels and signs bearing GHS-compliant pictograms and warnings. No matter what sort of chemicals you need to label, we can provide a suitable solution - click here to browse all chemical labels and signs.

types of chemical label

If you are around hazardous materials, it’s important that everything is correctly labelled to ensure everyone’s safety. Luckily, here at Label Source, we have a huge selection of products that enable you to correctly label any chemical.

There are plenty of different reasons why chemicals need labelling, so here are some of the products we offer. We’ll also cover why hazardous chemical labels are important, as well as the laws you need to know. More...

labels for electrical wires

No one likes a bundle of tangled wires. We’ve all frustratingly tried to make sense of what wire is which, and what you can and can’t unplug. Luckily, here at Label Source, we supply various types of labels for electrical wires to avoid this confusion. Read below to find out about what kind of wires we supply. 

Safety Cable Warp Labels

safety cable wrap

If you have wires and cables that have been tested, the best way to communicate this is to label them. We have a range of wrap labels, to indicate whether your wires have passed/failed an inspection to those that are no longer in any state to use. These labels are self-adhesive and have printed sections with a clear tail that wraps around themselves protecting the warning.


Cable Identification Labels

coloures cable wires

If you have wires that need labelling for any reason, our identification labels are perfect for any electrical wires. We supply blank labels in diameters of 4mm to 16mm. These labels are available in 5 colours and are self-adhesive with a clear tail that protects whatever you write on the coloured block. It truly is a cost effective way of cable identification. 


Wire Markers

wire markers

If you’re simply looking for self-adhesive wire markers, we can help! Made of flexible polypropylene, we supply these markers feature individual numbers (0-9) and letters (A-Z) so you can label your electrical wires in whatever way is best for you!


If you need any help choosing the right kind of labels or have any further questions we are happy to help! Just give us a ring on 0800 3761 693.