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PepsiCo: From binders to a digital database of hazardous substances

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PepsiCo and sds management

When it comes to the food industry, few people are likely to think about the digitization of safety data sheets (SDSs). After all, we all hope that at least when it comes to food, we will be spared the hazardous substances. However, food is not the issue here. Food has to be cooled and transported, and storage rooms cleaned. Chemical substances are used in the process. Therefore, safety data sheets are more than safety-relevant in the food industry as well.

It is always a great experience to accompany our SdbHub customers from manual to digital handling of their SDSs. The hardest part is making the decision to go digital. Everything else is easier than evaluating the SDSs manually.

PepsiCo and efficient sds management

It becomes even more impressive when you find yourself in the digitization projects of large corporations. PepsiCo, for example, has switched from a file binder to a digital hazardous substances database. The advantages are obvious, of course. When you have a presence everywhere on the globe (except Antarctica), the file binder is obsolete. Information must be immediately accessible in the event of an accident so that employees can be given the right instructions in case of doubt. In global distribution, these should not only be available in different languages. The SDSs should also always be kept up to date. If, in addition, there are regulations that require the report of the chemical components actually used, everyone will notice this at the latest: The dust catcher SDS file binder itself becomes a danger and has thus had its day. With tens of thousands of SDSs worldwide, it is no longer possible without appropriate software support.

The process on both a large and small scale is not that much different. PepsiCo has a comparatively high mass of data sheets, but the change to the digital world is objectively not such a big step. Of course, you have to keep an eye on the existing process dependencies of the various departments and (global) subsidiaries. But the process in such a case is iterative. Some time passes before it is rolled out globally. This time is used to fine-tune the software. The relief for the responsible EHS experts becomes more and more noticeable from iteration to iteration. In the end, it will be impossible to imagine any company without the digital solution.

With SdbHub we reduce the workload for the business users. Because the tedious and highly monotonous tasks are taken over by the software, which is just as fit and alert after 24 hours of continuous recording as it was in the first second. The business users only monitor the functions and have time to focus on other essential tasks.