Why put a warning sticker over the warning on this product?

by KlaymenDK   Last Updated November 06, 2016 08:06 AM

My curiosity got piqued by a can of deodorant with a sticker with a "flammable" warning placed where the text was evidently already flowed around it. Peeling off the sticker revealed another "flammable" warning.

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Why would one do this?

One theory is that the warning is somehow not big enough, but the difference is small: 8mm vs 9½mm side length.

(Sorry if this is the wrong exchange for it; I was referred here from Graphics.)

Answers 2

This might have been an issue during production, the machine might have already been set-up for cans with wrong markings and this is one of the cans that ran through the sticker machine despite not needing to. The same factory will be producing for several different target markets switching cans and markings regularly. Those double markings will be found on small batches of cans.

Jonas Köritz
Jonas Köritz
November 05, 2016 15:11 PM

Is there any chance the label pictogram is actually 10x10mm?

Guidance on Labelling and Packaging Version 2.0 - September 2016 states in section 5.2 (Size of the label and of the label elements) that for a package of capacity less than or equal to 3 litres, the pictogram (in this case the flammable hazard pictogram) must be not smaller than 10x10mm and if possible at least 16x16mm.

It's likely that while the printed pictogram is not that much smaller than the label, that difference was enough to not quite meet regulations.

There's also another other regulation that can come into play: "Each hazard pictogram must cover at least one fifteenth of the minimum surface area of the label dedicated to obligatory labelling information."

These are EU guidelines, so it also depends where you are.

Note: the linked document is only a guidance document produced by the European Chemicals Agency and the actual legally binding document, known as the 'CLP' is the 'Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 on Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Substances and Mixtures'. Having said that, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE) still officially references the linked ECHA document 'for more information'.

Roger Attrill
Roger Attrill
November 05, 2016 16:58 PM

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