At Readability we sell millions of Tactile Warning Triangles to our customers (23 million last year to be exact).
If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you need them for your own products. But there’s a bit of confusion around tactile warning triangles, so here’s some information on what they are – along with some of the main products that may require them.
What are tactile warning triangles and BS/ISO11683?
BS/ISO11683 (sometimes referred to as BS11683, ISO11683, BS ISO 11863 or BS EN ISO 11683:1997) is the European standard that provides protection for people who are visually impaired or blind.
When a person who is visually impaired handles a package that contains a substance that could be harmful or dangerous, tactile warning triangles are attached to the package to provide a simple warning that can be felt using the hands.
The standard applies to substances that are:
- Very toxic
- Extremely flammable
It also applies to aerosols that are propelled by butane.
The ultimate aim is to prevent confusion when someone who is partially sighted or blind handles a product. To give a quick example Optrex eye drops are sold in 10ml dropper bottles – just like many e-liquids. The tactile warning triangle can help to prevent any nasty mix-ups.
The triangle itself consists of a raised equilateral triangle, the sides of which must measure either 9mm or 18mm. For smaller packaging the triangles can be smaller and come with three raised dots to form the points of the triangle.
They can simply consist of a transparent clear label that is applied over the printed label that is already attached to the packaging. A more aesthetically pleasing finish is to ask us to integrate the tactile warning triangle into the printed label as part of the finishing process. This often saves time and money – ask us for more details on the integrated tactile option.
Why do you need to know all this?
If you manufacture, import or sell potentially harmful or dangerous products to the general public you need to ensure compliance with BS/ISO11683.
Manufacturers and importers have different responsibilities from retailers and it can get quite complex. But essentially the responsibility lies with everyone who is in the supply chain.
Rather than go into too many details here, we would recommend you simply contact us if you think you might need to be compliant with BS/ISO11683, and we’ll let you know.
Which products need tactile warning triangles?
As mentioned, there are certain types of substances and products that require tactile warning triangles. It’s quite far-reaching – perhaps more than you realise – so here are 10 types of products that may require a tactile warning triangle.
Vaping has become a popular activity in the UK and in many other countries in recent years. The liquid used is often called vape juice, e-juice or e-liquid and if you are involved in the importing or manufacturing of this you will need to ensure the bottles use a tactile warning triangle.
Glues can be very harmful – no one wants to mix up a tube of super glue with something else! As such, tactile warning triangles are required.
Aerosols can be dangerous even when the canisters are empty. If an aerosol is propelled by butane, it will need a tactile warning triangle attached.
We probably don’t need to go into too many details about why poisons need a tactile warning triangle!
5. Cleaning Fluids
Even standard household cleaning fluids can be toxic so these usually require warning labels.
There are lots of different types of paint products out there. Many of them can be harmful so will need tactile warning triangles.
From industrial fertilizers used on farms to fertilizers that you use on your garden plants, these will normally require warnings.
Pesticides are designed to kill insects so it’s no surprise that these are harmful and require warning triangles.
9. Automotive Polishes
You might not think of automotive polishes being particularly dangerous but they certainly could be depending on what they contain. Attach a warning triangle, please.
Most solvents will require tactile warning triangles because they can contain dangerous chemicals.
Why choose us for your tactile warning labels?
As you can see there are many products that may require tactile warning triangles (although this list is by no means definitive). If you require them for your products it’s important to choose the right supplier– and we can help.
- Clarity. Our tactile warning triangles really are clear. This means that you can read any text printed underneath the tactile sticker.
- Experience. As mentioned earlier we sold 23 million of these last year and we know the process inside out. Our triangles are always manufactured to BS EN ISO11683 quality standards but we go beyond simply meeting requirements.
- Quality. Our labels are clear, precise and use strong adhesive that is designed to stick tight and stay stuck. Our labels are also designed for longevity and they are flexible so they can attach around a product with a small circumference – like a 10ml dropper bottle.
- Service. We make it our aim to learn out about you and your business. Our customer-focused approach means we take the time to get informed about your business and the regulations and requirements that affect it. That way we can advise you on all your labelling solutions.
- Speed. Clear tactile warning triangles are held in stock ready for same day despatch and can be ordered online here.
Order your tactile warning triangles today
If you have any questions please get in touch and we would be happy to help. Or if you know what you want already visit our online store to order your labels.
Here are a few resources in case you want more information on tactile warning labels and ISO11683. And if you have any questions just ask!