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I'm sitting in a meeting room with three people from a well-known distinguished company.

They are explaining how they handle chemical documentation.

One of them is in charge of obtaining, storing and printing Safety Data Sheets.

The other one deals with labelling. This means that he copies text to Word and, if necessary, adds the marketing part or additional instructions. If the label has to be in several languages, he also takes care of that.

The third one makes sure that labels are properly printed and he also organises sticking labels on products. Each time they discuss and decide, who of them will send PDF versions of SDSs to partners and notify employees.

When I ask them how much time they spend doing all that and what they do in case of legal changes, one of them reveals:

      "Honestly, I feel like I'm caught in quicksand."

Before I ask him about his opinion on this matter, he says:

      "There is a lot of work with handling all documentation, but due to other tasks, there is too little time to do
      this regularly and with quality.

      "I'm also never certain if I've missed anything. I simply feel that the work is never complete and despite doing
      this for a longer period and more, we don't actually do more work.

      "Anyway, it feels like swimming in quicksand."

The other two colleagues nodded confirming what he said.

This meeting clearly shows that doing things more intensively, quickly and more increases productivity.

But this doesn't change the fact that you're "stuck in quicksand" or that you aren't doing the right things. 

Why am I explaining this to you?

Because, daily, I meet experts in all fields of chemical industry, who "uselessly" – I use this expression intentionally – spend their time and talent for things that don't bring any result and satisfaction.

Although they are doing their best, this doesn't change the fact that work, organised in this way, doesn't bring results. It doesn't change the feeling they're stuck in quicksand.

If you want to become the master of your time again and rearrange your list of priorities, we can definitely help you generate and manage chemical documentation. (Currently, we are managing 41,158 SDSs in 30 languages, whereas more than 99% of our clients use the SDS maintenance service).

All you have to do is to contact me. Write to

The afore mentioned company has joined more than 220 clients, who are taking advantage of our comprehensive and complete solution. Thus, all three experts mentioned above, are now spending their time on other, more important things.

What about you? Will you accept the help we offer, or will you just hope to get out of the quicksand by yourself?

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