Established in 1898, The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company is one the world’s largest producer of tires, hoses, belts and chemical and synthetic rubber. The company, which is headquartered in Akron, Ohio, has more than 80 manufacturing facilities in 28 countries. In addition to manufacturing, the company has more than 2,000 retail outlets allowing for global market penetration. As an industry leader, Goodyear employs more than 98,000 associates, worldwide. Centralized hazard communication is critical to employee and customer safety. The most common element of Goodyear’s hazard communication program is (Material) Safety Data Sheets (M)SDSs. In total, 75 percent of the company needed immediate access to more than 30,000 internal and vendor (M)SDSs.
The management of (M)SDSs at Goodyear was generally decentralized. Depending on the facility, each one had its own method of management which created numerous inefficiencies. First, it took anywhere from one to four employees to manage (M)SDSs at a given facility. Second,there were redundancies in managing the (M)SDSs at a facility. Third, it was difficult to keep track of the most up-to-date (M)SDSs. Lastly, assuring global compliance was very time consuming. Goodyear required a (M)SDSs management solution that would:
-Consolidate all (M)SDSs to one central database
-Provide a web viewer that can be accessed by all Goodyear facilities 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year
-Allow for easy updates to (M)SDSs
-Catalog (M)SDSs with specific indexes to allow for expanded queries