Why is this a risk?
To protect workers, the environment and consumers, standards for materials labelling and handling have been adopted globally. Regulations such as the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act in the United States and the Classification, Labelling and Packaging (CLP) Regulation in the European Union create guidelines for the labelling and handling of hazardous materials and Material Safety Data Sheets to inform those handling or operating equipment how to do so in a safe manner. In countries where standards aren’t as established, worker safety and training often takes a backseat to the drive for ever-increasing profits. Assurance of a supplier’s practices and the safety and education of their workforce – especially when operations require high-risk materials – is just as important as within your own facilities.
Examples of where this risk could affect you
Your supplier’s operations require the use and handling of hazardous properties that are of concern for human health and the environment.
What sort of suppliers could be engaged in this risk area?
Nearly all suppliers could have risk in this area, whether it is with the practice of handling the materials within their own facilities or the process by which they ship and label the materials when sending them to your company.