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Pictorial Marking

Pictorial Marking



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Pictorial Markings, Dangerous Goods markings on Packaging
Pictorial Markings, Dangerous Goods markings on Packaging

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Published by: Bhupendra Singh on Jun 05, 2008
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 Pictorial Markings for Export Packaging 
Pictorial Markings is the Picture Oriented Language which represents the message or instructions for handling the goods during transport while exporting/ importing. Pictorialmarkings are the indicators of the probable hazards involved during transit. This is aninternational language of communication between package and everybody in productslife cycle.
Significance of pictorial markings:
Useful in conveying consigner's intention
Informs the crew about handling
Informs about the contents
Facilitate the easy and rapid recognition of the probable hazards
Superior over text forms (Markings in text format in particular language maycreate confusion due to language problem)
Reference standard:
Bureau of Indian Standard (BIS) has made a standard IS 1260-1979, PART I & II which gives details of the pictorial markings, this was adopted on28th May 1973.Part I gives the details of the pictorial markings for Dangerous Goods, while Part II-gives the pictorial markings for General Goods. This standard covers therecommendations of IMCO (IMDG), classifications as per Transport and Communicationcommission (TCC) and it also covers the classifications of UNO & IATA (DGR).
- Inter-Governmental International Maritime Consultative Organization
- Transport & Communication commission
– United Nations Organization
International Air Transport Association
Types of pictorial markings:
Following are the types of pictorial markings.
Picture / symbol with Text
Forms of pictorial markings:
Stenciling (i.e. directly on package)
Metal plates
Specifications of pictorial markings (for general markings)
Size:Minimum 10 cms x 10 cms
French blue
Grass green
Canary yellow
Signal red
Light orange
Specifications of pictorial markings (for Dangerous material)
Size : Minimum 100 mm x 100 mm
Shape : Strictly as shown in the figures. (e.g.. Diamond shape for all class labels
Colours : Strictly as shown in the STD.
 Number of labels: Depending upon the size and shape of the package.
Placement should be above and left side of the shipping mark.
In case of more than one hazards all the labels must be provided
Dangerous symbol should be given precedence over general symbol
Placard … Placard-specification
Size : 250 mm x 250 mmDurability : must remain readable up to 3 months in case cargo is immersed in seaMinimum one placard on each side Pictorial markings for Dangerous Goods As per IS-1260, Part-1Pictorial markings for Dangerous Goods are already described and given under theheading of Dangerous goods Classifications.Other labelsCryogenic liquidMarine pollutantBy cargo aircraft onlyMagnetized materials
 Pictorial markings for General Products As per IS 1260 part-2

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