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Weber's Top Label Stories of 2013 and Predictions for 2014

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Dec 20, 2013 8:16:00 AM


Before we ring in the new year, let's review the trends and stories of 2013 in labels! And get a peek at what are we expecting to see in 2014.

Top Labeling Stories of 2013

The US begins the process of GHS labeling for chemical containers

This year's biggest story in chemical labeling was the change in the Hazard Communication Standard to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This regulation affects chemical manufacturers and companies that use chemicals.

OSHA believes the new labeling will create a safer workplace because the labels are easier to understand. This also will help US compete globally because many foreign countries already require this form of labeling.

While the deadline for compliance isn't until 2015, many companies are already preparing to redesign their labels or research new printing solutions.

To learn more about GHS labeling, read our blog post from earlier this year. We've created helpful images and charts to show the new requirement. If you have any questions, leave us a comment!

In 2014 we'll share our solutions and tips for relabeling chemical containers.

 

The Ruling on Unique Device Identifiers for Medical Devices

This September the FDA issued its final ruling requiring medical device manufacturers to assign Unique Device Identifiers (UDI) directly to their devices and packaging. This ruling also will establish a Global UDI Database for manufacturers and healthcare providers to access.

Benefits of this regulation:

  • Healthcare providers will only need to access one database to identify a device
  • Clarity in safety alerts, recalls and other corrective actions
  • Ensured identification of a device even when it's separated from its original package

Next month we'll provide even more information on these labels and the various solutions that Weber provides.

 

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Topics: Traceability Labels, Labels, Labeling Regulations, GHS Labeling, Digital Labels, Food Labels


Weber's Top Label Tweets 6/28/13

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Jun 28, 2013 9:30:00 AM

Don't forget to follow all of our Tweets at @WeberPackaging.


 

Craft Beer Trend

"It's like a record label, for beer" B-Side Brewing Label http://ow.ly/mkhZd #CraftBeer #Trends

Craft Brewing Business's Keith Gribbins shared a really interesting new trend out of Canada. Beau's All Natural Brewing announced this new B-Side Brewing Label which works like a record label, for beer.

They will be collaborating with brewers all over the world to produce beer in the Ontario region. As the craft beer market grows, do you think we'll see more beer collaboration like this?

 

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Topics: Labels, Labeling Regulations, Weber News, Food Labels


Top Labeling Tweets of the Week 4/26/13

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Apr 26, 2013 8:58:00 AM


This week we noticed a trend in stories about food packaging and labels.

Here are some Twitter highlights from this week:

 

Food Labeling

Labeling is the hot topic for snack makers http://ow.ly/kjrMm #Labels #GMO #Gluten #FDA

At this year's Snaxpo, the hot topic for snack makers was labeling. Whether changes are driven by regulations or the private sector, snack makers are feeling the demands to label products with information about gluten or GMOs.

What else would you like to see labeled on food packaging?

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Topics: Labeling Regulations, Green Initiatives


Are You Ready for GHS Chemical Labeling?

Posted by Margaret O'Leary

Apr 19, 2013 6:08:00 AM


Big changes are coming for regulated chemical labels.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officially adopted a ruling that changes its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) to match the guidelines of the Globally Harmonized System (GHS).

This new labeling system sets out to reduce confusion, create a standard process and educate users.

 

Current Compliant Labels

In 1994, OSHA mandated that containers with hazardous chemicals must be labeled with a product identifier and hazard statements appropriate for each hazardous chemical.

For years Weber customers were able to use blank thermal-transfer labels or direct-thermal labels to print this product and hazard information.

Other companies ordered pre-printed color labels using the Hazardous Materials Identification System (HMIS) boxes and then imprinted specific safety information on-site. They were able to variably-imprint their individual products' Health, Flammability, Reactivity and Personal Protection ratings.

But starting in 2015, those elements alone will no longer be compliant with OSHA. Manufacturers will be able to continue to use the HMIS information on their labels, but they also will be required to include more specific elements that are in the GHS guidelines.

 

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Topics: Labeling Regulations, GHS Labeling, Label Printers