Adhesive Labels for the Medical Industry

Proper equipment labeling is an important part of a health facility’s risk management plan. Each piece of equipment, from IV pump to a hospital bed, requires some form of labeling. The message the label carries is dependent on the function of the device.

While hospitals, doctor’s offices, and other healthcare facilities are under constant pressure to meet governmental standards, most labeling falls to the equipment manufacturer.

Medical equipment manufacturers must make sure their devices meet the stringent standards of their industry. Before a piece of medical equipment is approved for sale, it undergoes testing and regulation reviews. Part of that approval process includes making sure the device is properly labeled with UL 969 approved medical device labels.

Medical Device Classes

The required labeling for a medical device is determined by its class:

Class I – Class I devices pose a negligible safety risk to patients and service providers. Stethoscopes and forceps are Class I devices.

Class II – These devices are subject to FD&CA, standards, as specified in Section 514. Endoscopes and surgical lasers are Class II devices.

Class III – These are typically life-support apparatuses, which must be approved for sale to patients and medical facilities. A cardiac pacemaker is a Class III device.

The use of UL-approved labels and especially UL 969 certified labels will ensure the label stays in place and stands up against heavy usage or possible malfunction.

Why is UL Certification Important in Medical Labeling?

UL is an independent safety certification company. UL trains, tests, and certifies individuals and groups in the labeling industry.

UL has been offering these services for more than four decades. UL tests labels for the medical industry under the UL 969 PDGQ2 certification to ensure that they meet performance standards, adhere to regulations, and satisfy the customers’ needs. UL 969 approved labels will not curl, shrink, or fade due to conditions such as exposure to sunlight, changes in temperature, high humidity or contact with solvents or cleaning solutions.

Types of Medical Device Labels

The actual label type depends on the function of the device. For example, x-ray machines require a warning label specifying the necessary safety practices that need to be observed. Another example, medical membrane switches can be customized to particular devices, such as equipment monitors and IV pumps. Membrane switches offer a “NEMA 4 seal” that keeps moisture from penetrating into the device.

Other common labels in the medical device manufacturing industry:

  • Back Panel Labels
  • Graphic Overlays
  • FCC labels
  • ID Labels

Contact Us

At Adhesa Plate, you can rest assured that our UL recognized and UL 969 certified labels will meet your needs and stand the test of constant use. We are experts in helping our clients determine the best labels and customized solutions. Adhesa Plate will help your company succeed in the medical equipment marketplace, where 1st impressions are so critical.

Importance of Labelling Industrial Machinery

Manufacturers and purchasers of industrial machinery need to pay close attention to machine labelling. Industrial machinery labels are very important, especially those that provide safety precautions or other essential information. Proper labelling and clear messaging reduces injuries and improves efficiency in the workplace.  UL regulations in the verbiage can also apply.

Understanding Labelling Standards

Make sure that you are aware of current labelling standards. You can find national and global labelling standards by searching for ANSI Z535.4 and ISO 3864-2. These publications are updated every five years. Also, undertake regular risk assessments. Manufacturers are responsible to define workplace risks and offer solutions to mitigate them. UL regulations may also require a UL 969 certified label, per UL PDGQ2 Component – Marking and Labelling System.

As you design your industrial machinery systems, analyse the likelihood of a variety of workplace disasters and rank the level of severity of these situations. Decide whether you can reduce the danger by repositioning equipment; if not, make sure that the warnings are clear with proper equipment labelling.

Global Thinking

Industrial labels should also be global, even if the machinery you manufacture is intended for sale in your country. Safety symbols ensure safety for everyone, despite any language barriers. This is especially important if you employ foreign workers.

New Technology

Innovative new uses for the UID or QR codes and labels. Applying a proper UID or QR code to your label can allow a service technician or operator to scan the code with a smart device and be linked to a service or operating manual on a secure website. Imagine the possibilities.

Making it Stick

Industrial machines have varying surface textures and surface energies. You must choose industrial labels that will stick permanently to these surfaces. All powder coated surfaces require special LSE adhesives, standard adhesives will not adhere. Also, you want these labels to stay attached to your machinery, even under extremes of heat, cold, and pressure. The use UL approved labels that are certified to meet industry standards will ensure they stay attached to your equipment.

We Identify Your Product

When you order from Adhesa Plate, you can be confident that you will receive a quality UL approved product and top-notch customer service from labelling experts. We are proud to offer polycarbonate or polyester equipment labels, warning labels and custom equipment labels that will hold up in any manufacturing environment that will stand the test of time.

Not sure, what you need or the right material? For over 60 years our slogan has been, “We Identify Your Product.” Call us, we are the experts and are here to help!

Do you need a warning label?

No matter what kind of equipment or electronic device you manufacture, you will most likely need a warning label. If your product is UL certified, UL will definately require a UL 969 label. Adhesa Plate labels are UL 969 tested and certified. This certification will give you the assurance that the labels manufactured by Adhesa Plate are durable and will resist solvents, high temperature and UV exposure on many surfaces. Go to our Certification page to see the different label materials and their profiles.

Other common warning label examples include:

•    Machine Safety
•    Hands Clear
•    Hot Surface
•    Confined Space
•    Crane Warning
•    Ladder Safety
•    Fire Exits
•    Authorized Personal Only
•    Chemical Warnings
•    Stairways

Whether equipment labels , medical device labels or UL 969 labels, creating a custom label is the best way to ensure your specific warning is communicated.

Custom Options and Artwork for your Label

As with any custom options, you have many choices and are only as limited as the label requirements. Our customers can supply their design or contract our full-service art department to design and layout your custom warning label. We can have creative proofs ready within 1-2 days from receipt of order.

Our Adhesa Plate Promise

Adhesa Plate is certified for the Authorized Label Supplier Program of UL labels and nameplates, and UL Marking and Labeling Systems. We also follow the standards defined by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for safety signs and labels. You can rest assured our custom warning and caution labels meet the certification requirement for your industry and need.

Let our label experts help you with your warning label needs. Contact us at 1.800.634.9701, or email us at, and get started designing the ideal warning label for your application.