Next GHS deadline coming this December
According to the official site of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), chemical manufacturers, importers and distributors have until this coming December to cease shipping products with HazCom Standard labels. Instead, they have to transition to the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) as part of the increased focus on compliance that has arisen over the years.
This is the second-to-last official deadline listed on the OSHA page, with the final "effective date" scheduled for June 1, 2016. That will be when employers are required to update their "alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program," as well as train their employees to respond to new dangers. Companies can still avoid a citation if they don't meet the compliance requirements as long as they have a plan in place.
Writing for the National Law Review, Valerie Butera notes the changes involved in the general adoption of GHS protocol.
"Before the GHS project, the information required on warning labels and SDSs varied greatly among different countries and even among different agencies within the same country, causing a great deal of confusion for the regulated community," she writes. "The deadline for compliance with nearly every aspect of the revised HAZCOM standard was December 1, 2015."
GHS Chemical labels require specific elements that match government standards, so chemical companies need the tools to produce them. With an appropriate printer, producers will render the pictograms and textual information in a way that fits the product and is easy to read. They will also have more control over production cycle time, a useful trait when contending with deadlines.
Primera to promote labeling systems this fall
According to Packaging Europe, Primera will appear at multiple conventions to promote its different printers, including the LX900e, LX2000e and FX1200e Digital Finishing System, as the year winds down. Visitors will learn more about the way these products can enhance production and make printing labels more efficient.
The first of these events, the European branch of Labelexpo 2015, will take place in Brussels between the end of September and the beginning of October. Primera will appear in Hall 8, alongside Brotech and Konica Minolta. This year, the Expo will offer a digital printing master class and packprint workshop, among other sub-events.
The other event mentioned by the source is EMPACK, which will occur in Madrid on the 18th and 19th of November. According to the official website, more than 7,800 professionals attended last year, 97 percent of which said they were intending to return in 2015. Some of the major industries represented at EMPACK include the Food & Beverage and industrial goods sector, as well as the "Chemistry" industry.
That last group might be particularly interested in the Primera LX2000e, which, as Packaging Europe describes, is capable of producing BS5609 compliant labels.
"In combination with various synthetic materials like Primera's Tuffcoat Extreme Polyjet material, LX2000e labels are highly water and UV resistant and therefore fulfill all requirement for GHS compliant labelling," the site says. "This durability supports applications such as frozen or refrigerated foods, beverages, but also bath and shower products or containers and drums of chemicals."
Primera is a key figure in the label printing industry. Their efficient printers can be a great help for companies that want to improve the way they design labels and apply them to products.