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Signs You Found the Right Software for Chemical Inventory Management

Posted by Matt Segal on May 4, 2020 8:45:00 AM

When you begin the process of searching for chemical inventory management software, it's tough to distinguish between all the different options — many of which may seem similar on the surface. 

You might see several systems that offer similar features, such as container tracking, safety data sheets, and reporting. One thing you’ll see no matter what is vendors claiming their system is “the best”.

The question to answer is: how do you really know that the software you're considering will be the best fit for your organization specifically? Here at BioRAFT, we want you to find the right software for your needs — whether that means working with us or not.

In this article, we'll walk you through some of the indicators that you've found the right software for you, so you can confidently recommend the best solution to your team.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Why Good Software Matters

5 Common Issues to be on the Lookout for During an Internal Chemical Audit

Posted by Matt Segal on Apr 21, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Like an unannounced visit from your in-laws, chemical regulators usually show up when you’re least prepared and often throw your whole operation into a panic.

One of the best ways to be prepared for a chemical regulatory inspection is to perform regular internal audits of your chemical inventory and chemical safety programs. Internal audits can help your team identify gaps in your processes, procedures, and inventory before they get flagged (and possibly fined) by an outside regulator. Internal audits can also uncover hazards that could lead to accidents or injuries. What's more, they can help your organization operate with greater efficiency on a day-to-day basis.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment

Working From Home With BioRAFT - Long Term Sustainability

Posted by Matt Segal on Apr 9, 2020 8:30:00 AM

Over the last few weeks, many research organizations have asked staff to work from home to prevent the spread of infection.

This has been a stressful transition for many people. Working from home is not only mentally taxing, it also presents a number of new challenges to actually completing your work (especially if you are in a position like EHS, where much of your work may be tied to physically interacting with research and physical spaces).

On a more positive note, these changes have highlighted opportunities for organizations to adapt the way they work and offer more flexible arrangements over the long haul.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment, Biological Safety, Radiation Safety

Working From Home With BioRAFT - Shutting Down and Ramping Up

Posted by Matt Segal on Apr 3, 2020 9:30:00 AM

As the novel coronavirus outbreak grows, many EHS teams are closing down non-essential labs and working from home to reduce the spread of infection. At the same time, these EHS teams are also preparing to support some essential scientists to ramp up research related to COVID-19.

Across the world, BioRAFT is supporting EHS teams as they adjust to these new demands.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment, Biological Safety, Radiation Safety

Understanding RFID Tags, Barcodes, and QR Codes for Chemical Inventory

Posted by Matt Segal on Mar 16, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Barcodes, QR codes, and RFID tags might seem similar, but they're not actually interchangeable. While all three are tools that can help you tag and track chemical containers, each is designed to work in a different way.

Before you can decide which labeling system is right for your chemical inventory, you'll need to understand the different types of tracking tags, what information they contain, and the strengths and limitations of each one.

We worked with our Manager of Chemical Solutions, Sarina Schwartz-Hinds, to develop this guide so that you can get to know the various labeling systems that are available.

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Topics: Chemical Safety, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters

Loss Control 101

Posted by Matt Segal on Feb 10, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Unexpected events such as a fire or employee injury can happen at any time.

But what surprises many people is how often these events occur. A claims analysis from The Hartford found that 40% of businesses will incur a property or liability loss within the next 10 years. Thefts, fires, vehicle accidents, injuries, product liability, and reputational harm are among the most common types of insurance claims.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to prevent these kinds of situations from happening in the first place. By implementing proven loss control strategies, research organizations can manage risk, avoid accidents and injuries, and even reduce claims and insurance premiums.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment

Scaling-up Safety Part 2 – 4 Strategies for Sustainable Solutions

Posted by Matt Segal on Aug 14, 2019 2:08:37 PM

Congratulations, your biotech startup (or accelerator) is finally taking off! Perhaps you've hired more researchers, increased your research space, or secured an additional round of funding. 

Now is the best time to start thinking about how your safety and loss control programs will scale as well. Believe us when we say it can be a real nightmare to untangle if you leave it unaddressed for too long.

In Part 1 of this series, we looked at some of the challenges you can expect to face as you grow, as well as some signs that you’ve outgrown your safety consultant. 

The question now is: how do you effectively manage safety, keep costs down, and prevent administrative burden from keeping you away from the activities that make you profitable?

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment, Biological Safety, Radiation Safety

Scaling-up Safety Part 1 - Have you Outgrown your Safety Consultants?

Posted by Matt Segal on Jul 22, 2019 11:00:00 AM

When you're first starting out, safety consultants are often a great solution to manage risk and compliance while still operating on lean margins. 

Offloading these tasks can allow you to focus your resources on progressing research and securing funding without sacrificing safety. 

But for many biotech companies, there comes a point where entirely outsourcing safety no longer makes sense. The big question: when does this point occur? In this article, we’ll provide you with some guiding thoughts to help you find an answer. In Part 2, we discuss sustainable solutions for scaling.

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters, Equipment, Biological Safety, Radiation Safety

5 Common Questions From Chemical Regulators (and How to Address Them)

Posted by Matt Segal on Jun 17, 2019 8:45:00 AM

Few things make your heart race and your palms sweat quite like the arrival of a regulator at your organization. What's even more nerve-wracking is that it usually happens when you're least expecting it.

While you don’t necessarily know when your next audit will be or what questions a regulator will ask, there are a few things you can do to make sure you’re prepared.

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Topics: Chemical Safety, Training, Inspections, Why Good Software Matters

6 Ways to ID a Quality Chemical Inventory Database

Posted by Matt Segal on May 6, 2019 1:38:01 PM

A robust chemical database forms the foundation of a good chemical inventory system. It acts as both the skeleton and the brain, providing structure and information critical to higher-order tasks like reporting.

In order to get the most out of your chemical inventory software, you'll need to look for a system powered by a quality chemical database. In this article, we’ll share some important features of a good chemical database you can be on the lookout for as you try to determine if a chemical inventory system is the right fit for you.

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Topics: Chemical Safety, Why Good Software Matters

4 Signs that You Need a Better Chemical Inventory System

Posted by Matt Segal on Feb 27, 2019 10:13:00 AM

When you’re reviewing different chemical inventory systems, you need to be able to spot the bad ones quickly.

Not knowing which red flags signal potential problems can lead to a lot of wasted time, money, and energy. Much like buying a car, if you're not careful, you could end up with a lemon.

To help you weed out the wrong system (and to make sure you end up with a good one), here are four must-check warning signs to look for when you're purchasing chemical inventory software.

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Topics: Chemical Safety, Why Good Software Matters

The Advantages of a Good Chemical Inventory System

Posted by Matt Segal on Feb 20, 2019 11:18:04 AM

Maintaining an accurate chemical inventory is a never-ending job, and one with little margin for error – any disagreement or inconsistency could lead to major problems for health, safety, and sustainability.

That’s why a chemical inventory system is a must for any organization looking to take control of their chemical inventory.

A good chemical inventory system offers a number of advantages that will help you simplify chemical ordering, storage, use, and reporting while reducing the potential for human error. While there may be different ways of reaching these effects, if your system isn’t hitting these notes, it should be a sign that something isn’t working right.

Here are three major advantages of a good chemical inventory system:

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Topics: Why Safety Matters, Chemical Safety, Why Good Software Matters

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