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Atrion International Signs Regulatory Services Deal with Vopak for Global Product Safety Database


ATRION INTERNATIONAL MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA, December 2, 2009 --/WORLD-WIRE/-- Atrion International announced that it has signed a ten year agreement with Rotterdam-based Vopak, the world’s largest independent tank terminal operator specializing in the storage and handling of liquid and gaseous chemical and oil products, for the deployment of a global product database. Atrion’s team of environment, health and safety experts will develop a centralized process to collect and store chemical information, develop internal safety datasheets and create Workplace Safety Cards in local language as well as assist Vopak in rolling-out a global best practice approach for the handling of chemicals on their sites.

Vopak’s ambition is to introduce best practice standards to achieve a coherent approach to the management and communication of product safety data and safe product handling information. The establishment of a Vopak Global Safety Product Database is recognized by Vopak as an important element to achieve this ambition. Over the next year and a half, Vopak will be conducting implementation in its 79 terminals located all over the globe.

“Global compliance is becoming more complex and corporations are increasingly turning to Atrion’s team of EH&S and product compliance experts to augment their internal capabilities in this area,” said Denis Lefebvre, Executive Vice President at Atrion. “Access to a knowledgeable and experienced product compliance team can greatly reduce regulatory risks, turn-around time and costs.”

Atrion’s latest Regulatory Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) engagement includes consultative services and its on-demand Chemical Management Solutions, to provide Vopak a zero-software footprint, delivering even greater operational efficiencies. Specific components being leveraged to deliver the service include:
  • Vault MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) / SDS management solution will be the central repository for Vopak’s safety information. Vault is a dynamic web-based solution that enables employees to search for the relevant product safety data and find supplier and internal safety documents.

  • Gatekeeper™ will provide Vopak an integrated workflow environment where products are requested and automatically routed to the appropriate departments and individuals for pre-screening, authorization and purchase. The platform also provides a collaborative product/project lifecycle management environment for aggregating chemical and non-chemical components.

  • Atrion’s trusted and up-to-date Managed Regulatory Content that consists of data on over 300,000 chemical substances, 15,000 regulatory phrases in over 44 languages, 7,500 proprietary rules, and 100 templates spanning 50 plus countries.
Catalyst legislations such as REACH, GHS and RoHS and customer demand are making environmental and safety responsibility an increasingly important factor in everything from materials procurement to distribution. Noncompliance creates substantial financial and safety risks that impact the entire supply chain.

About Vopak
Royal Vopak is the world’s largest independent tank terminal operator specializing in the storage and handling of liquid and gaseous chemical and oil products. On request, Vopak can provide complementary logistics services for customers at its terminals. Vopak operates 79 terminals with a storage capacity of 28 million cbm in 31 countries. The terminals are strategically located for users and the major shipping routes. The majority of its customers are companies operating in the chemical and oil industries, for which Vopak stores a large variety of products destined for a wide range of industries.

About Atrion
International Atrion International Inc., founded in 1989, delivers the most reliable, product compliance solutions for both process and discrete manufacturers. By integrating the largest set of managed regulatory content into a prepackaged automated solution and connecting to key ERP systems, Atrion’s Product Compliance Solution ensures that products will reach customers with minimal risks to brand image and shareholder value. Atrion International is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with offices in the United States and Europe.

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