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.
It seems a natural action to check the expiration date on various food products before you choose to eat them. No one wants to become ill from ingesting old or rotten items. However, it might not always be at the forefront of your mind to check the chemical labels that are on hazardous materials, such as fertilizers or pesticides. Even though you’re not ingesting this material, why would the ramifications be any less dangerous?
Lets pretend that you own a company that manufactures certain chemicals and then distributes them to other businesses. How are your customers going to know the contents of a particular barrel without legible labels that adhere to GHS labeling standards?
This blog has previously discussed how The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is changing its labeling requirements. When situations like this happen, it could be costly to not only your own business, but your customers if there is a long waiting period for updated chemical labels.
What if the labels explain what is inside, but the message becomes smudged during transportation? This could also lead to a dangerous situation, if the receiving company is unaware that a particularly harmful chemical is inside a storage container.
However, when your company invests in a color label printer that can produce durable chemical labels that adhere to all federal standards, you can stay ahead of the competition. Additionally, it can strengthen your relationship with clients, as they can rest assured that even when federal or local regulations change, they will never fall behind or face fines for having improperly labeled products.