Are you ready for 1 June GHS deadline?

 [Johannesburg, 20 May 2015]

As a result of the very nature of its business, the chemical industry is subject to a number of regulatory requirements to ensure safety at all times. The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is one of these, designed by the United Nations to replace the various classification and labelling standards used in different countries by using consistent criteria for classification and labelling.

The GHS classification system covers physical hazards, health hazards, and environmental hazards, the details of which must be depicted on chemical products. "This specifically applies to labels, with the appropriate pictograms to convey the harmonised hazard symbols plus other graphic elements, such as borders, background patterns, and so on, says Roan Safety Products' Frikkie Koegelenberg. "This standard applies to companies operating in the chemical industry all over the world, so South African businesses need to ensure they meet the standards when the GHS comes into effect on 1 June 2015."

Roan Safety Products and Microplex offer an industrial grade, twin engine, two-colour, eight-inch wide, SAP and Windows compatible, thermal transfer GHS compliant printer. The LogiJet TC8 can produce fully qualified chemical drum labels, and incorporates technology that provides a straight-through paper path, easy-to-access TT ribbons, individually controlled print head temperature, precise two-colour image registration, optimised colour pictograms, SAP and Windows compatibility and the highly reputable, versatile Microplex Print Controller (MPC).

"Microplex has partnered with industry leaders to provide a GHS compliant solution, and we are proud to be able to offer it on the South African market. The printer can do batch printing of individual labels where each label can have different content, or individual printing of hazard warning labels. The robust metal case and engine frame were designed for rough industrial usage, and the solution comes with optimised and high-resolution hazard pictograms, along with over 170 internal fonts and over 19 resident bar codes," Koegelenberg explains.

He adds that Roan Safety Products prides itself on offering a comprehensive solution, and therefore also offers BarTender labelling software to help companies meet regulatory demands. "BarTender makes designing, printing and automating the production of chemical labels simple, offering centralised control and security. With BarTender, one label template can be used across multiple printer families."

With superior security settings, the BarTender software can lock down any part of a template, or customise settings to allow modifications by product, container, geography, business unit or operator. "BarTender includes an automated GHS label template, and can be used as a starting point to create labels that automatically populate with data sourced from an ERP system, third-party database or internal database," Koegelenberg says.

"In offering a complete solution, we also provide annual on-site maintenance and support, ensuring that our customers in the chemical industry can easily meet all the new GHS standards." With Roan Safety Product's full range of Brady label and marker printers, you can now print your own signs as set out in the GHS standards. "The easiest way to make GHS labels is with a do-it-yourself sign and label printing system," Koegelenberg adds.