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3 GHS labeling tips for the medical industry

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Creating appropriate GHS chemical labels can help manufacturers comply with the latest regulations and improve safety in hazardous workplaces. A recent article in DentistryIQ described some of the most important implications for dentists in the wake of upcoming deadlines. Kimberly Bland, President of the American Dental Assistant's Association, said in this source that dental offices have until June 1, 2016 to transition to the updated health standards.

Among the other steps Bland recommends is revising workplace labels to meet the pictograms laid out in the HazCom 2012 changes. Since these images are standardized, getting the details right is important for accuracy and government approval.

Medical labels can reflect the latest GHS rules to keep the workplace safe and compliant.Medical labels can reflect the latest GHS rules to keep the workplace safe and compliant.

"This is the time at which all employers must have completed the update for the alternative workplace labeling and hazard communication program as necessary, and provide additional employee training for newly identified physical or health hazards," Bland said of the June 1 deadline. Last June saw a similar deadline for manufacturers to verify compliant labels.

To further prepare for compliance, here are some quick guidelines for manufacturers to follow:

  • Specify chemical categories: Some substances, including medications, will not be covered under GHS because of other existing checks.
  • Synchronize all aspects of labels: The GHS has already called not just for adequate pictograms, but a "harmonized signal word" as specified in this document from the Health Industry Distributors Association.
  • Use different labels for transport: Chemicals intended for transportation may require different frames and backgrounds for their labels, depending on where the chemicals will be shipped.

Since this standard is intended to promote consistent images, companies can purchase GHS labeling printers like the VIPColor VP495 for in-house support. This printer in particular can produce drum and barcode labels as well as general GHS-compliant material.

What ‘world’ is your wine from?

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Wine buyers need to be able to count on product labels for accurate vintage information. With so many ways to classify beverages and distinguish them from each other, winemakers have the chance to tailor wine labels to play into their brand's image. One distinction your company can focus on is the difference between Old World and New World wines.

Since aged wine is often considered more valuable, it may seem like Old World wine is automatically preferable. However, these two labels bring with them different ways of making wine in general, which can impact the choices a buyer makes.

In an article for Eater, Sommelier Tonya Pitts defines each "world" as a statement about the quality of its respective environment and attitudes. According to Pitts, the New World style has a greater emphasis on moving away from older methods, although this doesn't hold for all brands.

"The New World is more about pushing the envelope and experimenting," Pitts told Eater. "There is a school of thought in the New World which has embraced the Old World-style of winemaking," she adds. "I would even say that New World wines were originally made in the image or likeness of Old World wines."

Geographically, the Old World typically refers to Europe, while the New World indicates areas outside of it, like Australia, South America and the United States.

The Primera LX900 color label printer gives users enough options to customize food and beverage labels, including wines from any origin. Using this system, companies could, for example, work photographs into the label to give consumers a sense of where the wine comes from and what its process is.

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