SESHA 2008 Symposium - Abstract

Overcoming multilingual issues in a global EH&S environment

Beckel, Michael
(3E Company, Carlsbad, CA)

Companies who expand their operations into foreign markets encounter a myriad of issues including EH&S and HazMat regulatory compliance requirements. There are several complex issues that go far beyond just simple language translation. These issues range from researching the various regulations and understanding each country’s level of enforcement, the complexity of international phone numbers and providing emergency response (not all countries have ‘911’), dealing with unique waste disposal requirements, the complexity of training and also accommodating MSDSs for products whose ingredients vary from country to country. This talk will address the multiple layers of issues companies face and the steps they need to be taking and considering when addressing multilingual issues.

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