The compliance date for Global Harmonization of chemical labels (GHS) grows near

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One of 9 pictograms for the GHS program

GHS stands for Global Harmonization System where hazardous chemicals are required to follow a global standard of labeling. OSHA is the regulatory body in the United States responsible for the US component of this planet-wide agreement. The chemical industry worldwide is a $1.7 trillion dollar market so this is a big deal. World governments believe that this will make chemicals safer to use across countries and languages where there are many different standards which are ostensibly creating confusion and unsafe chemical use. These changes will result in more copy being displayed on the product particularly if foreign languages are involved.

In reviewing this regulation, JH Bertrand believes the biggest issue for manufacturers will be in the area of small containers. As of this writing, OSHA is allowing no exemptions for small product containers meaning that foldout labels may be needed to accommodate the new label regulations. If you find yourself facing the problem of complying with GHS on small containers,  please call us. We are VERY skilled at applying a volume of copy to small, curvy containers.

The deadline appears to be sometime in 2015 so it is fast approaching.

See these links for more information.
https://www.osha.gov/dsg/hazcom/ghs.html#4.3
https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=INTERPRETATIONS&p_id=28805

Call Beth Donhauser or Tom Szczepanski at 716-631-9201

Stapled vs Glue Bound Booklet Labels

It may sound like something you could care less about (and you’re probably right), but boy do our customers have their opinions on this. It’s like the “tastes great”… “less filling” beer debate.

Both work, but there are differences. Glue bound books don’t have a metal staple so they appear “cleaner”. They also lay flatter than a stapled booklet. However, glue takes up more space for graphics so you get less copy on a page. Glued spines can also have a problem with pages releasing on very thick booklets. Glue doesn’t rust, but I have never seen a rusted staple so this is a perceived negative of the staple that just isn’t true since they are corrosion proof. In general, glued spines are more expensive. Staples- are more reliable, less expensive and can handle thicker booklets, but you have to deal with a tiny metal sliver from an aesthetics point of view. Most customers are okay with it. Some refuse to change and that is okay…(we gently give our opinion as a good company should, and then do what the customer wants) And, staples cost less which helps people move that direction. Most converters generally prefer glue because you have that added worry of nicking the die with a staple..which definitely happens and is a pain.

Can you tell which one we prefer?- We like staples the best for the reasons above. But, we’ll do glue if our customers want it. It all comes down to customer preferences.  Now you know! Jeff Bertrand