Title: Transforming product labels using digital technologies to enable enhanced traceability and management of hazardous chemicals

Authors: Sukhraj Singh Takhar; Kapila Liyanage

Addresses: Assent Compliance Inc., Ottawa, Canada; College of Engineering and Technology, University of Derby, Derby, DE22 3AW, UK ' College of Engineering and Technology, University of Derby, Derby, DE22 3AW, UK

Abstract: Manufacturer that produce, distribute or market physical products are likely to be impacted by numerous chemical and product regulations. Manufacturers must identify chemical substances which appear within mixtures, materials, formulations, raw materials, components, assemblies and finished products. This results in a very manual and resource intensive process of collection of chemical substances in products data, where definitions arise from internal, industry standards, supplier and customer requirements and often sourced from multiple supply chain actors. This paper contributes to existing literature by identifying a research gap in transforming current manual state data collection tasks via the utilisation of digital technologies, leveraging real-time data collection using smart labels to identify chemicals contained within products. The proposed design enables manufacturers to identify the use of chemicals consumed in a automated manner and enabling appropriate risks to be identified and managed accordingly. The design can be further expanded in the proposed collaborative data sharing network.

Keywords: barcode; QR code; RFID; smart label; hazardous chemicals; substances of very high concern; hazardous substance management.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSCOR.2021.115550

International Journal of Supply Chain and Operations Resilience, 2021 Vol.5 No.1, pp.27 - 59

Accepted: 05 Jan 2021
Published online: 08 Jun 2021 *

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