OSHA announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking in the Federal Register on February 16, 2021, to update the Hazard Communication Standard (Hazcom), with the goal of aligning the standard with Rev. 7 of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The impact of the proposed rulemaking on chemical producers, distributors, and importers has quickly come into focus, with changes required in hazard classification, labels, SDS, and training.
One of the more controversial proposed changes is a requirement that the date the chemical is released for shipment must be indicated on the label. The impact of this requirement has significant implications. For the many companies that purchase pre-printed labels, they will be faced with some choices.
- Over-print the release for shipment date on top of a pre-printed label in a 2nd printing “pass”.
- Print a separate label to apply to the container in addition to the primary compliance label.
- Print one label, on-demand, at the time needed, in the quantity needed, with all of the content needed including the date of release for shipment, and do it in full color.
Inevitably, businesses find that their labels are out of compliance with new or revised regulations, and must be changed and re-printed. If you rely on pre-printed labels then you face the prospect of having to dispose of your inventory of out-of-compliance labels and re-order new labels. This is a costly and time-consuming disruption that can be avoided by utilizing a digital, print-on-demand labeling solution from Brandywine.
Choice #3 saves you and your business both time and money. Unlock the value of on-demand label printing for your business. Ask Brandywine why digital, print-on-demand labeling solutions help you mitigate the effects of disruption due to frequent regulatory changes.