With the right printer, software and label stock, chemical manufacturers can comply with labeling regulations and create the visual signs needed to help their products match official guidelines. According to an article in ChemicalWatch, industry members have had some difficulties following the guidelines laid out by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) for adhering to the Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS).
By preparing for specific problems that accompany GHS compliance initiatives, manufacturers may start making strides towards a safer and more efficient means of categorizing chemical products. Here are three situations to prepare for with the help of professional chemical labeling systems:
- Proper hazard classification: In addition to identifying which hazards are associated with a certain chemical product, OSHA notes that some warnings require extra specifications. For example, explosives and gases under pressure feature levels of classification providing more information about the particular dangers they cause.
- Supply chain complexity: As the article notes, some chemical products may require different supply data sheets under the GHS plan depending on which stage of production they are in. Since some businesses have as many as 25,000 formulated products to keep track of, this results in a dense number of data sheet requests, leading to more general process delays.
- Understanding which chemicals require which solutions: OSHA states that "pharmaceuticals, food additives, cosmetics and pesticide residues in food will not be covered by the GHS at the point of consumption, but will be covered where workers may be exposed (workplaces), and in transport. Also, the medical use of human or veterinary pharmaceuticals is generally addressed in package inserts and is not part of existing hazard communication systems."
GHS label software may apply to different kinds of chemical identifiers, all of which require proper imagery and can be produced with printers such as the Epson GP-C831.