The Challenge of Two-Color Pictograms

By March 2, 2015 January 29th, 2020 Products

Two-Colors are Required

One of the challenges that chemicals companies face due to the implementation of Hazcom 2012 is how to print the red border on their supplier/container labels.

Part 1910.1200 C.2.3 says:

C.2.3.1 Pictograms shall be in the shape of a square set at a point and shall include a black hazard symbol on a white background with a red frame sufficiently wide to be clearly visible. A square red frame set at a point without a hazard symbol is not a pictogram and is not permitted on the label.

The newly released WHMIS 2015 regulations adopted the same requirement.


Most companies like the flexibility of printing on-demand.

Printing On-Demand Options Include:

  • Keep the monochrome laser printer and buy preprinted stock
  • Buy a 2-color laser printer
  • Buy a 2-color thermal transfer printer
  • Inkjet printers (using pigmented inks)

See ICC’s full line of printing and label options »

There is no cookie-cutter approach. Every company has different requirements. How many labels are needed, how often they are needed, and how many different types are needed are just a few things to be considered. The environment where the printer and label stock is located also plays a part.

Did you know that ICC Compliance Center manufacturers labels? We specialize in chemical labels, providing a variety of solutions for more than 25 years.

Our on-demand labeling systems allow your SDS to be seamlessly integrated, to not only print the supplier/container label, but a variety of workplace labels as well.

Together, we can find a solution to your challenge. Ask us how.


Karrie Ishmael

Karrie Ishmael

Karrie started with the company in 1988 and has worked in a variety of capacities including customer service, sales, management, and marketing. In her current role as Regulatory Manager, she manages and supports ICC's efforts in supplying value-added services including training and SDS services to our clients. She is knowledgeable in a variety of regulations. She actively participates in a multitude of associations including DGAC, COSTHA and is the former chair of SCHC’s OSHA Alliance Committee.