Tag Archives: SDS TRANSLATION

WHICH FORM OF “REGULATORY TRANSLATION” APPLIES TO YOUR SAFETY DATA SHEET (SDS) DOCUMENTS?

When performing an SDS translation, one of the primary concerns is regulatory compliance. There are several types of regulatory compliance, and different translation agencies use the term “Regulatory Translation” with different meanings, including: Format compliant Content compliant Phrase translation compliant One form of regulatory compliance involves the formatting of the SDS itself. Different countries have Read More

WHERE DOES TRANSLATION RANK WHEN IT COMES TO COST CUTTING?

I recently overheard someone from a large corporation say, “Next month will be a ‘red’ month.”  The speaker went on to explain that meant a spending freeze was coming up and any unnecessary spending would be curtailed. Having lived in the corporate world for almost ten years, I knew the regimen fairly well.  Every corporation Read More

SHOULD I TRANSLATE MY SDS USING A FREE ONLINE SERVICE?

The answer to that question depends upon your risk tolerance. If you are able to afford all the consequences of having a non-compliant SDS going out with your shipments, then by all means, use a free online machine translation for your health and safety guidance. Would you also put your Last Will and Testament through Read More

COMMONLY OVERLOOKED BUT COSTLY TRANSLATION ISSUES WITH MERGERS AND ACQUISITIONS

In 2009, the well-known HSBC Bank had to invest $10 million in damage control after its “assume nothing” slogan was poorly translated as “do nothing” in several other countries.  This example is all too common about the major financial effects of a wrong translation in business.  Translation is an important concern when mergers or acquisitions Read More

ARE YOU REALLY SAVING MONEY BY HAVING EMPLOYEES DO YOUR TRANSLATION WORK?

When I speak with prospective clients I quite often hear the statement, “We have employees all over the world and they do the translations for us.” On the surface, this makes sense. You have a large global workforce with skilled, native-speakers already on the payroll who can translate a wide range of corporate material at Read More