Taking a Look at the State of Enterprise Labeling from 2017

by Maureen Perroni, on December 8, 2017

It's time to see the state of labeling as 2017 ends.
It's time to see the state of labeling as 2017 ends.

Effective enterprise labeling responds and adapts to the changes going on in the business world, whether they're brought on by new technology or a simple change in methods and priorities. As such, the process of labeling made notable progress in 2017. Below are a few of the different categories underneath the big tent of enterprise labeling, noting where each stands as 2018 begins.

Barcode Labeling
In an industrial world growing faster and more connected, integrated barcode labeling has become more essential than ever. Printing consistent barcode labels at geographically dispersed locations and keeping accurate data to go along with those barcodes can enable complex supply chains to reach new heights of speed. Labeling programs that meet these high standards are important at the end of 2017, and should stay that way in the years to come.

GHS Labeling and OSHA Chemical Notification
Early in the year, the final deadline passed for U.S. companies to get in compliance with revised Occupational Safety and Health Administration Hazard Communication Rules. Occupational Safety & Health explained that the new standards are meant to mirror the Globally Harmonized Standard more closely, with the potential for future updates to mirror GHS moves.

UDI Compliance
The Universal Device Identification system is in the midst of a roll-out, making 2017 a transitional year. Class I and Class II devices for U.S. use are now required to have UDI labels, and Healthcare Packaging reported that by Sept. 24, 2020, the same rules will apply to Class III items. Class III medical tools are low-risk and highly common - even standard dental floss qualifies. It's not too early to prepare for future compliance.

Enterprise labeling's constant state of transition demands attention from organizations of all types, sizes and industries. Shifting regulations and emerging best practices call for strong partnerships and effective solutions. Inadequate labeling can slow a whole company down.