A prescription for managing chemicals
Amidst regulatory compliance pressures, tight budgets and demands to get products to market quickly, pharmaceutical manufacturers need every advantage to ensure efficient supply chain and profitable production practices. Given the number of hazardous chemicals involved in the manufacturing processes, it is essential that employees have immediate access to material safety data sheets (MSDS).
Making the moveWhile pharmaceutical manufacturers may realize they need to adopt a software or Internet-based chemical management system, making the change may seem overwhelming. Moving from a manual MSDS system to an electronic system requires some homework. In the long run, it pays to know what to look for when choosing an MSDS management system provider.
No matter what type of industry you are in, here is a checklist of the features you should require in a chemical management software application or Internet-based system:
Don't risk employee safety and OSHA noncompliance. By using the guidelines above, you'll help maximize the elements that contribute to productivity and competitiveness in your workplace, now and for the future.
SIDEBAR: Electronic advantagesAs new processes are employed to speed pharmaceutical production and product introduction, chemical management has evolved as well. Customized software and Internet-based systems have opened up a new world for MSDS management. Managing chemicals electronically:
- Allows employers and employees alike access to MSDS information from virtually any computer in the workplace - and across sites.
- Eliminates the need for hard copy MSDS binders.
- Enhances searchability - users can search by worksite or by many key fields such as chemical or generic names, or even the name of the manufacturer.
- Reduces emergency response time to as few as two minutes.