Lab labels are labels that are applied to vials, tubes, plastic bags, straws, plates, slides, ampoules and any other lab items that is used to carry and store lab samples (blood, urine, any research material etc.) to convey information about the patient, name of the glassware and other equipment content, expiration date, lot number, storage requirements, warnings and precautions, phone numbers and more.
Since lab labels may be applied to small items, many lab labels have a barcode printed on them which carries all the necessary data which also reduces the possibility of errors. Laboratory labels need to have an accompanying Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) and lab labels needs to comply with all the Environmental Protection Agency’s and Occupational Safety and Health Organization’s regulations on lab labeling to indicate the presence of hazardous chemicals.
Laboratory labels are subjected to very harsh conditions and carry potentially dangerous substances so they need to be durable.
Lab labels are often applied to small vials and tubes. In the labeling industry this is referred to as “tight mandrel applications”. It is important to make sure that the correct adhesive is used for tight mandrel applications as many general purpose permanent adhesives will fail on tight radiuses allowing the label to “butterfly” or let go at the edges!