Chemical Data Management: Setting the Ball In Motion

When developing a Chemical Data Management program, it is important to keep in mind common foundational elements that can set up your organization for success.

Written by Matt Adams (Partnerships & Alliances, SiteHawk) and Chris Barfield (Product Marketing Manager, SiteHawk)

Organizations across virtually every industry and themselves navigating the roadmap of Chemical Data Management. While some instances require more intricate processes and procedures, there are common foundational elements that can set your organization up for success. The following high-level guidelines introduce each phase of a well-rounded Chemical Data Management program that can be adaptable for your organization.

Know Where You Stand

Having a good understanding of your current Chemical Data Management situation sets the stage for your organization. Outlining current strengths and weaknesses enables you to set appropriate goals, gain support from management and measure progress.

Have A Plan

Creating a blueprint of what success looks like enables you to create a plan that its your needs. By working backwards, you can outline an executable timeline and set expectations.

Involve Others

A successful Chemical Data Management program is rarely a one-person initiative. It is important to communicate with key stakeholders to ensure any potential hurdles are identified and opportunities aren’t missed.

Be Realistic

If you are in a situation where there is little visibility, unknown risk and inaccurate reporting, bear in mind these things are not going to be fixed overnight – but don’t let that deter you. Being realistic throughout the process enables you to understand the time and skillset that is needed to achieve your goals.

Embrace Continuous Improvement

As your organization continues to change over time, so should your Chemical Data Management program. As implementation expands from a department to an entire facility, embracing continuous improvement sets the stage for success as you continue to solidify your Chemical Data Management program.

While each of the above components go much deeper than described, this preview of a well-rounded Chemical Data Management program sets the ball in motion for how to tackle this initiative. It is important to acknowledge that you don’t have to take this on alone…reiterating number three – involving others ensures visibility throughout the organization and provides support from key stakeholders.


Do you want to know more about creating a well-rounded Chemical Data Management program? If so, watch this webinar series:

From setting the stage for success to integrating chemical data into your EHS program, this webinar series takes an in-depth look at the pillars of Chemical Data Management.


SiteHawk is a global leader in chemical data management and compliance solutions. Our SaaS software and services deliver a complete approach to chemical data management, providing data, intelligence and reporting to support safety, compliance and risk management. Organizations in virtually every industry worldwide utilize SiteHawk solutions to manage their hazard communication programs, meet EHS compliance and product stewardship initiatives, manage chemical inventories and data, publish safety data sheets and promote workplace safety.

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