BeanTown Chemical achieved Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) compliance well ahead of the Occupational Health & Safety Administration’s June 1 by using barcode label software developed by Teklynx International, in partnership with value-added reseller ValuTrack.
By working with Teklynx and ValuTrack, the chemical manufacturer is able to quickly and easily design and print GHS-compliant labels of various sizes for its more than 7,000 products and over 5,500 distinct chemicals.
“Chemical labeling is one of the most daunting projects you can have in the business. There are a lot of regulations,” said Barry Singelais, president of BeanTown Chemical. “There are so many individual components of GHS, and many chemical software packages we found could only do 10 out of 12 of the components. Codesoft could do all 12, and that’s why we chose it.”
By pairing Teklynx’ Codesoft with color label printers by Epson, ValuTrack created a complete chemical labeling solution that enabled BeanTown Chemical to easily address the color labeling requirements of GHS, including the ability to seamlessly print the required chemical hazard phrases and pictograms. The entire barcode labeling system was implemented and fully functional in less than one month, and has increased staff efficiency by 10 percent while completely eliminating wasted label stock through the use of preconfigured templates and database integration, the company says.
ValuTrack assisted BeanTown Chemical in the creation of a database that included all required GHS data from safety data sheets (SDS). This database enabled end users to pull relevant data into chemical labels without the risk of manual data entry errors.
Codesoft includes various features specifically designed for companies with complex barcode labeling design and integration needs. The application automatically resizes fonts and pictograms based on the size of the label stock, and can easily accommodate special characters.
Along with Codesoft, Teklynx also offers Teklynx Central GHS, a complete enterprise barcode labeling software system specifically geared toward chemical manufacturing organizations with more complex labeling processes that would benefit from label printing automation and enforceable approval workflows.