While individuals are typically not ingesting chemicals that are stored in drums and large barrels, it is still critical for all items to have durable labels that adhere to GDS labeling standards.
The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) is most often associated with major chemical manufacturers and industrial applications. However, as an article on Epson’s blog recently explored, GHS regulations often impact a number of consumer-facing markets, including cleaning supplies, paints, pesticides and perfume products.
With less than a year to go until OSHA’s June 2015 implementation of new GHS labeling requirements, now is the perfect time for organizations to review their own compliance level. At a conference organized by the International Fragrance Association of North America focused on GHS regulations and their affect on the fragrance industry, the Epson team outlined some of the many challenges fragrance producers face in obtaining compliance.
To avoid having a stockroom full of unusable labels, fragrance producers and retailers need to be aware that their products are subject to the labeling requirements of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. As this blog has previously explored, in anticipation of new labeling requirements, some manufacturers have already begun disclosing their chemical ingredients. Although this information is protected by the US Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, new GHS labeling requirements will go into effect in June.
Because pictogram and label size requirements have yet to be defined in the U.S., manufacturers are encouraged to invest in label printing solutions that offer the label variability, complexity and durability to encompass all eventualities.
The Epson ColorWorks TM-C7500 label printer is designed to address these concerns, while offering greater efficiency, productivity and cost savings. Currently available for preorder, the Epson ColorWorks TM-C7500 label printer will arrive with plenty of time to experiment with GHS-compliant labeling designs. Epson’s other offerings, such as the TM-C3500 and GP-C831 can also print GHS-compliant labels in full color, eliminating manufacturers reliance on expensive third-party suppliers.