Chemical Legislation Is Ever-Changing: A Digital Lab Can Help You Stay Alert

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Digital laboratory solutions can prepare your lab for new chemical legislation.
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At my last lab I had a coworker whom I would describe as a bit of a worrier. Let me preface this story by saying I am the extreme opposite – there’s not much I ever worry about, so most everyone seems a little too worried to me. My coworker only used water bottles made out of safe plastics and she wouldn’t heat up her lunch in the microwave in a plastic dish. She was also a healthy eater, typically choosing organic options and avoiding anything too processed. At the time, I thought she was part of the fringe, but over the last few years I’ve realized that she is part of a growing demographic. More and more, the public is shying away from chemicals and highly processed foods and products. Some of the concern is legitimate, with BPA being one of the biggest chemical targets by public health and safety groups. As the public and advocates call for stricter chemical regulation, new chemical legislation abounds. With such scrutiny, I’ve come to see how beneficial it is to be aware of shifts in standards and be prepared to address them.

Instead of playing catch-up whenever new chemical legislation is introduced, firms should try to stay ahead of the game and take proactive steps to prepare for new regulations. Digital laboratory solutions can not only prepare your lab for new chemical legislation, but also improve the efficiency of your daily workflows. Take a look at how going digital can help your lab stay alert:

Digital laboratory notebook records simplify the audit process

Regulatory agencies often require firms to provide hazard, exposure and use data as evidence that chemicals used in their production processes are safe in various circumstances. Regulatory agencies in different nations may have different requirements and standards, but a digital record can simplify auditing by providing a central, digital location of all records that are easily searchable. Furthermore, multinational firms can use a single system that is accessible in real-time from all over the world, thus simplifying record management. Firms can have a single location, standard and system for storing their entire audit records and save time, money and energy in the audit process. An electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) can provide these comprehensive digital features to simplify the audit process.

Digital chemical inventory management system simplifies regulatory reporting

As regulatory reporting requirements change through time and across time zones, firms can stay on top of chemical legislation with a digital chemical inventory management system. A digital system will keep real-time inventory of every chemical in your lab, warehouse and storeroom, with the ability to identify chemicals that are associated with regulatory requirements for storage and reporting. The digital system can even automate report preparation for regulatory agencies around the world so that you don’t have to worry about falling behind on requirements.

These digital options can help your firm adapt to changes in chemical legislation around the world. Early implementation can provide the greatest support so that you’ll be prepared with accurate, timely records. Visit our website to learn more about how BIOVIA CISPro and the BIOVIA Notebook can help your lab stay on top of new chemical legislation.

6 thoughts on “Chemical Legislation Is Ever-Changing: A Digital Lab Can Help You Stay Alert

  1. When dealing with such dangerous materials its best to be on top of things and have good practices in place before anything unwanted happens.

  2. I like the digital lab notebook for the purpose of making collaboration and group project communication more efficient as well.

  3. I agree that the digital environment can be very conducive to laboratory safety and data collection. However, as an undergrad in a smaller university, we are not being educated on any digital infrastructure in-lab other than Excel. Pen and paper becomes more and more obsolete every day, and I think we need to extend this push for digital accuracy down to even high school science classes.

  4. Thanks for your comment, Ryan! We agree – Excel and paper and pen methods of inventory management just won’t cut it in today’s modern laboratories.

  5. Yes, Aaron! Some may even argue that the increased opportunity and ease of collaboration are the top benefits of electronic lab notebooks. When people can efficiently work on a task together, the opportunity for innovation multiples dramatically.

  6. Yes, Chelsea! It’s always best to be prepared, and using the appropriate tools available just makes the most sense when so much is on the line.

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