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The world is changing quickly, and this means industries are changing along with it. In particular, the chemical industry is facing several important developments that might alter how work is done on both large and small scales.

AI Prompting

This isn’t specific to the chemical industry; it’s specific to everyone in every industry at the current moment. Learning to communicate with AI takes time. Prompting is a skill, and you can bet that AI will touch at least one aspect of every job in the near future. To help adapt to this development, it’s a good idea to learn more about AI prompting. Spend some time with AI. Enter suggestions related to the specifics of your job. Take note of what comes out. Pretty soon, you’ll see there are lots of ways AI can influence your industry, and you’ll be ready to work with AI when it does.

Stay On Top Of Public Health Concerns

The internet has made sharing information easier than ever, and this means people are much quicker to catch onto toxic or troubling ingredients. It’s a good idea to stay aware of current public health concerns and trends and to act on them as soon as you hear about them. Find replacements immediately after learning about the dangers of specific ingredients. Governments are getting quicker to ban problematic substances, and it would be better to have a toxin-free alternative on the market the moment the law changes than wait until you’re forced to find an alternative ingredient, as this allows you to take advantage of a much bigger percentage of the market regardless of whether you’re working with consumers or other businesses.

Be Transparent About Your Security Measures

A handful of highly-dangerous chemical spills in recent months has left the public very concerned about the use of chemicals. It’s a good idea to be fully transparent about all the security measures and safety precautions you’re taking on your website (including images of all appropriate certifications). You also want all of your staff to be able to explain how safe your work is so that no matter who asks about it at what time, people are given a factual and informative response that helps improve your brand.

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This includes everyone who works with you, not just those coming in contact with chemicals. Cleaning staff, administrative staff, social media managers, web developers, sales team members, managers, security staff, and even clients should be educated on each and every step you take to ensure the safety of your workplace and the world at large.

Mix Smart

If you’re working with chemicals, there’s a good chance that you’re mixing some of them. Take the time to figure out what tools and processes are available to help you mitigate the risk of errors and help keep things consistent no matter how many batches you end up needing; Visimix points out that you can also save a lot of time and money by running mixing simulations using the appropriate technologies. If you’re unsure whether a tool is right for your work, take the time to read case studies and see if there are benefits you can glean. When working with tools and software, always ensure that needed certifications are provided by the manufacturer.

You Are Not Immune To Supply Chain Issues

The world’s supply chains have been tested, and weak points have begun snapping. Don’t assume that because you’re a highly-niche industry, you’re safe from supply chain issues. Logistically planning and emergency logistics operations procedures need to be one of your top priorities if you want to keep business running smoothly in the foreseeable future. This is an area where an outside consultant can make a big difference. It’s not always easy to see weak points or areas where there’s room for improvement when you’re within a system you’ve been using for a while.

Plan For Labour Shortages

In addition to the supply chain issues that could arise at any moment in a delayed reaction to the past few years (and remain in place for a while due to momentum and compounding problems), you also need to know that a labor shortage in the chemical industry is expected. At the moment, it’s anticipated that there won’t be enough people graduating from science, tech, math, and engineering (STEM) programs to fill the expected chemical engineer, research, and scientist positions that will become vacant in the future. Around 25% of the industry’s workforce is eligible for retirement in the next five years, meaning this shortage could come quicker than you expect.

Take the time to figure out what is drawing millennials and generation z to jobs and what is keeping them there. Working standards have changed in favor of a stronger work-life balance, more flexibility, mental health support, and better pay schemes. Employee satisfaction cannot be ignored. And, given how health-conscious the current younger generations are, it’s vital that you examine ways you can make your workplace healthier.

This might mean standing desks rather than sitting desks. It might be better health coverage and insurance. It might mean a complete overhaul of cafeteria offerings if you provide your staff with food onsite. It’s no secret younger people. They are not eating the same foods that previous generations did; organic, non-gmo offerings with lactose-free and gluten-free options are a must, as are antibiotic and hormone-free animal products.


This is another point that applies to all industries, not just yours. The growing concern for the environment (not just climate change but the entire holistic ecosystem that is Earth) cannot be ignored if you want to have longevity in any business. This is another area where you may need to hire a consultant if you’re not aware of the latest developments in sustainability. For instance, plastic is not sustainable, yet because it’s recyclable, people with outdated information on sustainability still think it’s an environmentally-friendly option.

The above list should give you a few ideas of ways that the chemical industry needs to change to keep up with the various forces at work in modernity. It’s important to note that new developments can also completely alter the above information. It’s a good idea to stay up to date on news that pertains to your field to give you as much time as possible to react to changes.