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How AkzoNobel is Addressing Corporate Requirements for Lab Safety and Chemical Inventory Management

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm EDT  
Host: AIHA
By: Jennifer Hergert, HSE Manager, AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry and Bryan Billings, Senior Technical Support Specialist, BIOVIA

From cleaner houses to new roads, AkzoNobel is behind the development of many of today’s most significant safe and smart products.  To do so, they keep 500+ researchers busy on a wide variety of applications from polymers to surfactants.  But accommodating such a variety comes with workflow and management challenges.

One particular challenge for AkzoNobel’s Surface Chemistry division was managing the 10,000+ chemical containers used for research.  Their previous methodology was no longer sustainable and had been hampering the lab’s ability to manage the chemicals, address safety regulations, and contain the associated costs. 

Join us on October 29 for a free webinar when AkzoNobel’s Jennifer Hergert discusses the decision to implement a digital chemical inventory system, how Surface Chemistry went about it, and the results one year later.  You’ll get an insider view of how the new system addresses corporate requirements, as well as a look back over the benefits that have accrued since implementation.  Jennifer will be joined by BIOVIA’s Bryan Billings who will discuss how a best practices chemical inventory management system enables research organizations to increase researcher efficiency, lower chemical costs and waste, and reduce risk.

Attendees will learn:

  • Migrating from legacy methods to sustainable processes
  • Aligning the new lab system with corporate initiatives
  • Getting upper management approval and buy-in
  • Introducing workflow changes to lab researchers
  • Improvements to expect post-implementation

TUNE INTO OUR LIVE WEBINAR to hear our presenters discuss the benefits of centralized chemical inventory management and AkzoNobel’s corporate requirements for lab safety and chemical inventory management, what those internal standards entail, the drivers for change, and how the Surface Chemistry division addressed the challenge.


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Jennifer Hergert
Jennifer Hergert

HSE Manager, AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry

Jennifer Hergert is currently the HSE Manager for Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) at AkzoNobel Surface Chemistry and has been with the company for 20 years. Jennifer began her career in HSE as a consultant in Industrial Hygiene. She joined ICI (later acquired by AkzoNobel) and has had responsibility for multiple locations as the HSE Manager. Overseeing multiple lab locations, she is all too familiar with the challenges of maintaining chemical inventory.

Bryan Billings
Bryan Billings

Senior Technical Support Specialist, BIOVIA

Bryan Billings is a Senior Technical Specialist/Inventory Consultant for BIOVIA.  Bryan provides top-level support to BIOVIA’s enterprise class customers including on-site training and implementation services, as well as data migration and initial inventory project management. Bryan has enabled numerous organizations to address a wide range of regulatory requirements, from ensuring fire code compliance of hazardous materials to accurate Tier II reporting to utilizing a GMP-enabled BIOVIA CISPro system.


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