I know what you’re thinking.. As the decision maker of a chemical manufacturing and distribution organization, GHS compliance has been a headache to say the least. As most of us in the chemical industry know, OSHA GHS compliance requires a completely new colored labeling system. This includes a massive over haul of printing/labeling methods and inventory changes. In the short term, GHS compliance seems like a daunting objective to reach by the 12/1 grace period, especially for smaller downstream manufacturers/distributors. Before taking the necessary steps with a GHS solution provider like Symbology Enterprises, it is important to realize why this new mandate was put into motion in the first place.
OSHA GHS compliance regulations weren’t implemented just to be a thorn a manager’s sides, it has clear and significant long term benefits regarding worker safety and economic prosperity. The former benefit is fundamental. The color coding of chemical packages allows for greater worker comprehension and recognition of dangerous chemicals. According to OSHA, “the modification is expected to prevent over 500 workplace injuries and illnesses and 43 fatalities annually.” Not only should the safety of your workers be a top priority, the fiscal benefits are simple. The more active workers in the field combined with the more efficient handling of dangerous chemicals equates to more products manufactured and distributed. More chemicals moved translates to more revenue. OSHA adds that American business are expecting cost saving of, “$475 million in productivity improvements.” In case you did not know, that is more than a quarter of Zimbabwe’s entire GDP in domestic cost of operation savings! (World Bank). Last but not least, a global unified system will inevitably reduce trading barriers on a massive scale.
Yes, changing an entire inventory and investing in a new printing/labeling system can be a chore but not only is it do-able, it is beneficial. With the right steps, GHS compliance is obtainable by the end of the 12/1 grace period. With GHS compliant products like the Epson printer and BarTender software, reaching your GHS goals becomes a matter of making a phone call. With the help of Symbology Enterprises, you can keep your workers safe, and improve your business’s bottom line. We understand GHS needs and will guide you towards the right GHS solution. To read more about OSHA and their goals behind GHS Compliance view the article below.
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