For many, compliance with the new GHS labeling guidelines is a reality and has been for some time. However, there are many paths to compliance and the choices can be overwhelming. But when perfectly pieced together, GHS compliance can be integrated seamlessly into an organization.
What is GHS Labeling Really Costing?
A specialty chemical manufacturer in Ohio was pondering this same question. Their diverse product lines and recent acquisitions found them managing over 9,000 label formats. This diversity led to an inefficient labeling processes that was labor intense, error prone and wasteful.
“We asked ourselves, ‘How do we do this better?‘“ – Customer Regulatory Specialist
Managing the Labeling Process
ADI partnered with Seagull Scientific and used BarTender label design software to help manage the overwhelming number of formats currently in use. The layering feature of the software was critical, giving the customer the ability to create under 80 master templates that incorporated all of their certification requirements including toxicity spec numbers for chemical, Halal practices for food products, and EPA’s DfE stamp for industrial cleaning products.
Choosing the Right Printer
“The company was using the wrong equipment. It was not suitable for printing on large pressure-sensitive sheets. They experienced frequent media jams which stopped label production and wasted expensive label media” - Mike Barker, Client Solution Manager at ADI
A wide selection of affordable, color printers are on the market today. However, the variety can make choosing the right printer a little overwhelming. The best approach is to start by identifying what your specific GHS labeling requirements are.
Important factors to consider:
- What is the size of the label or labels you are printing?
- Are labels being printed in one centralized location or in several locations?
- What is the quantity of labels you are printing per location (if not centralized)?
- What is the requirement for image durability?
For this customer’s needs, ADI identified a combination of Neuralog 500e printers and Epson C831 and C3500 printers for their main and satellite locations.
Connecting All the Pieces
Now with the right hardware and software in place, the last, and most important piece of the puzzle was integrating it all together into a unified labeling system. ADI wrote a custom interface which connected data from multiple sources. This automated GHS labeling compliance and eliminated much of the human error that was inherent in their old system.