How can we be sure our SDS translations are correct and compliant?
Anyone familiar with the environment, health and safety (EHS) field knows how difficult it can be
to create a correct, regulatory compliant SDS in English. At GLTaC, we must take that English SDS
and assure it is translated correctly into over 50 languages, with many of those languages having
unique requirements based on national hazard communication regulations.
We search diligently for the most knowledgeable, experienced EHS industry experts who are also
bilingual. The vast majority of our translation team are currently working in the field and
translating for us as well. Some are professional linguists, but regardless of their background
GLTaC requires every translator to pass a rigorous sample translation test. This sample translation
consists of a selection of phrases reflecting SDS content, with each phrase sourced to a specific
regulatory reference. The translator must correctly translate above 90% for us to have confidence
in their abilities.
Our project managers attend training specific to the industry and GLTaC is the only translation
company with long-term membership in the Society for Chemical Hazard Communication (SCHC).
No other translation company puts translations through the review cycle that we do at GLTaC.
Several reviewers and editors go through every document following a comprehensive quality assurance process.
We compare terminology against hazard communication regulations and maintain over 400 Translation Memories
and Termbases derived from EHS standards and laws across the world. We perform automated checks along with
manual reviews using a checklist for punctuation, spelling, grammar, numerical consistency, special coding,
spacing, capitalization, abbreviations and technical accuracy.
As the preferred provider of SDS translations to most of the major SDS authoring systems available
today, GLTaC can say that our translations appear in over 1,000,000 SDS documents each year
worldwide. No other translation company can make that claim.
This is why we put so much care and effort into our work: Lives Depend on Our Translations. (Video)
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