Material segregation is a critical business function for HAZMAT operations because of strict product mixing regulations set by governing bodies such as the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). If these regulatory requirements are not adhered to it can put facility staff in danger and result in significant financial loss. Damage prevention is also critical as damaged inventory can cause widespread inventory loss. This challenge often is a result of both inadequate people and process management. Cleanup and response is often a derivative of this as well. Staff is often under-trained on response methods which puts everyone in danger. Obtaining the proper storage and retrieval equipment is often a challenge encountered by HAZMAT supply chain operations as well. Specific equipment is required to handle industrial barrels and other packaging types and many facilities assume their existing equipment will be sufficient. Documentation management, also closely regulated by governing bodies, must be properly managed to maintain accurate inventory records in case of product recalls.
Many HAZMAT supply chain operators and their IT counterparts are turning to SCM technologies such as warehouse management software and automated data collection devices such as barcode scanners and mobile computers to assist in effectively managing staff, processes and accurate data collection. To learn more about how HAZMAT operations are using technology to improve their operations contact industry experts today at www.datexcorp.com or email@example.com or call 800.933.2839 ext. 243.