Survey finds just 45 per cent of companies hit the GHS’ compliance deadline

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2nd October 2015 13:32 - Chemicals

World leader in enterprise labelling, Loftware, has published a report detailing the readiness within the chemical industry for the Globally Survey finds just 45 per cent of companies hit the GHS’ compliance deadlineHarmonized System of Classification (GHS) and OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard (HCS).

In 2002, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification was adopted by the UN and engineered to ensure safe production, transportation, handling, use and disposal of hazardous materials.

After the creation of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification, the Hazard Communication Standard was introduced by OSHA to align international guidelines with US regulations.

The Loftware survey questioned around 150 individuals who were working for global chemical companies, including regulatory, supply chain, operations and IT. The survey was conducted to gauge whether companies were able to meet the complicated chemical labelling requirements.

The report revealed that of the chemical companies hit by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification rules; just 45 per cent were able to meet the June 2015 deadline for compliance.

As well as this, 65 per cent require between six and 12 months before they will be able to reach compliance. According to the report, this is because there is a distinct lack of awareness of the specific rules and regulations, with more than 43 per cent citing awareness as the main obstacle for meeting the Globally Harmonized System of Classification labelling regulations.

Loftware industry manager, Deborah Grant, said of the findings:

“With GHS, companies face more regulations in chemical labelling than ever before and it seems clear that the majority of companies still don’t have the correct labelling systems in place to accommodate this new level of complexity,”

“Today’s labelling must be both dynamic and data-driven to maximize flexibility, ensure accuracy without replication of data, and provide speed and scalability to meet GHS labelling standards.”

Since the deadline passed, 59 per cent of the survey respondents revealed that they are not currently able to meet all six of the required features of a Globally Harmonized System of Classification label.

72 per cent of the respondents believed that not by not complying with the rules, they risk losing customers, being given regulatory and customer fines and disruptions to their business and supply chain.

The survey also discovered that of the respondents who said they are yet to meet the requirements, 35 per cent need to configure their barcode labelling software solutions. A further 32 per cent are yet to ensure enterprise applications have the data needed and 24 per cent need to finalise business plans for Globally Harmonized System of Classification labelling.

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