Live Webinar: Don’t Let Chemical Labeling Hurt Global Sales
by Craig Hodgson, on February 7, 2018
We’re fast approaching the three-year anniversary of GHS deadlines. That’s of course when U.S. companies had to comply with OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) for the classification and labeling of chemicals, which mandated, among other things, a new label format with signal words, pictograms, red triangles, etc. While many companies struggled with the new rules at the time, it’s safe to say that GHS labeling is now readily accepted as a key part of managing a safer, more efficient supply chain.
Where chemical manufacturers, distributors and importers may be misguided is thinking that GHS label compliance is all they need to conduct business across international boundaries. Not so fast.
Accelerated globalization is driving companies to seek new markets and new trade partners. Perhaps your product can be made more quickly and cost-effectively in India where labor is less expensive. Or maybe emerging companies in China will pay a premium to import your chemicals due to a lack of feedstock. This is where it gets tricky as many countries have adopted their own regulations governing the import and export of chemicals. Often these regulations are not well known by the trade partner—until it’s too late.
Too many times products get held up on a shipping dock because the label does not meet the importing country’s requirements. Or a sale is halted in a region where a product can’t be sold due to regulatory labeling restrictions. In some countries like China, non-compliant products may even be destroyed without warning. The result is costly fines, lost sales and damaged relationships.
So where should chemical companies go to stay on top of global regulations? Is there a better way to manage complex and changing labeling requirements? How can regulatory, manufacturing and supply chain departments work together to avoid issues like returned, confiscated or destroyed product?
A great place to start is to join Loftware and Industrial Health and Safety Consultants (IH&SC) for a special webinar “Stuck on the Dock: Don’t Let Chemical Labeling Regulations Hurt Your Global Sales,” taking place Thursday, February 15 at 10:00 AM ET. We’re pleased to have Chandra Deeds Gioiello from IH&SC share her expertise and insight working with other chemical companies on similar challenges.
Register for the Webinar Today!
Date: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 AM ET
Join us to learn what you can do to better prepare for labeling and regulatory compliance across your global supply chain. Topics include:
- Brief overview of international chemical labeling and other regulations beyond GHS
- Common issues and pitfalls when importing/exporting chemicals
- Steps to protect yourself and get your organization on the same page
- Latest advancements in Enterprise Labeling to help ensure global compliance
Chandra is a registered Safety Data Sheet and Label Author, a Certified Industrial Hygienist, and a specialist in international hazard communication regulations. She regularly helps clients navigate regulations across the globe, especially in the Asia-Pacific countries.
Mark your calendar and register today for what promises to be a timely, informative and highly valuable webinar for anyone involved with labeling in the chemical industry. See you then and bring your questions!