Archives for March 2014

Choosing The Right Property ID Labels: An Overview

Property ID Labels

Whether an establishment provides services or manufactures products, it will need an effective system to keep track of its property and assets. This is crucial for security, for determining the value of physical assets, to maintain records, and to take note of any depreciation. To do this effectively, however, facilities will have to utilize asset and property id labels.

There are various labels and tags on the market today, designed to meet the specific needs of different establishments. Seton offers several asset tags that identify different sorts of items, and can remain functional even through extended product and shelf lives. In addition, a convenient application for customized labels is available online, allowing users to design labels that display company-specific wording and serial numbers.

As such, maximizing label functionality means choosing the best type for a given need. To accomplish this, several factors need to be considered. The following is a guide to help sort through and understand these considerations.

Bar Coded LabelsPurpose. When choosing which labels to use, one of the most important questions is the purpose the labels are to serve.  Asset tracking, for instance, generally requires high-quality bar code labels, which are designed for automated scanning and record-keeping. Seton carries several bar-coded asset tag options, in varying materials (such as paper and vinyl). Of course, non-barcoded variants are also available. Other labels are manufactured with sequential numbering and lettering for items that require consecutive ordering.

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Work Environment. Property labels and tags must be suited for the environment of the workplace, in order for them to withstand the potential hazards that are present in the area.

Will the labels be used indoors or out? Several labels designed for use outdoors are made to withstand exposure to the elements for up to three years. Will they be exposed to chemicals, or used in extreme temperatures? Certain types are made to resist chemical reactions, and are best for use in laboratories. Other labels can withstand temperature lows of -40 degrees, and highs of up to 93 degrees Celsius, making these types ideal f0r environments with extreme temperature fluctuations.

For industrial environments, label plates made of steel, brass and aluminum are recommended. Ideal for tools, heavy machinery, and other similar applications, these identification tags are made for extreme durability and long-lasting use.

Asset Labels

Asset Labels for curved surfaces

Adhesion. Another factor to consider is the surface which the labels are meant to adhere to. Different materials (such as polycarbonate, glass, powder-coated metal) as well as different characteristics (smooth, rough, curved, flat, etc) will require specific adhesive properties. Labels with thicker and/or stronger bonding adhesives are best used for irregular surfaces. Some variants forgo adhesives entirely and are manufactured with holes for mounting.

In relation to this, it is also important to determine whether the labels are meant to be permanent or removable. Labels made for permanent use should bond more aggressively than those that allow for re-positioning. Also, will the tags be applied manually or automatically? Again, different mounting options are available to meet different needs.

Carefully considering which label materials best meet a specific need in a given workplace is crucial in effective asset tracking. Using the right property id labels, along with other asset management supplies found on Seton, implementing and maintaining a management system can be done easily and efficiently. This in turn boosts a facility’s security, efficiency, and performance as a whole.

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Express Lock Program: Lockout Safety In A Jiffy

Custom Master Lock Steel PadlocksThe workplace is full of potential energy and electrical hazards. Failure to control the release of hazardous energy discharges while servicing or maintaining equipment can result in some of the most severe injuries in the workplace. The best way to deal with this is by implementing lockout practices. Observing proper lockout not only keeps your workers and facility safe, it also lets you comply with safety regulations.

If you haven’t already established a lockout-tagout program in your facility, now is the time to do so. But be aware that time is of the essence when it comes to security and safety, which means you need to start putting that program to work now!

One of the first things you need to do is make sure your security padlocks are in place. If your padlock supply is running low, or if the results of your recent lockout-tagout assessment require you to change or update your existing locks, then you need to stock up on your lockout supplies. Usually, there is a standard two to three weeks lead time for the padlocks you ordered to arrive, which is not ideal in this scenario because any delays can compromise the safety and security of your employees and your workplace. Here at Seton Canada, we have got that covered.

We offer a new quick ship program for certain Master Lock® and American Lock® safety products. If your facility is scheduled for an inspection, your factory needs to be shutdown, or for any other safety lockout or security concerns where you need padlocks or other lockout accessories fast, our Express Lock program will ensure that you receive your custom padlocks fast! How fast? Well with this new feature, your Master Lock® and American lock® padlocks orders will be ready to ship UPS Ground twenty four hours from the day you ordered! This means you will receive your orders in approximately one to five days after shipment!Custom American Lock® Aluminum Padlocks

So how does it work? The whole process is actually quite easy. After placing an order online or over the telephone for your lockout products and accessories, your order will be manufactured within 24 hours of placing your order. After 24 hours, your padlocks will be ready to ship via UPS Ground. Just remember to place your order by 2 p.m. CST, and you must indicate in your order that this is an Express Lock program purchase. Then sit back, relax, and in no time, your custom padlocks will be arriving at your doorstep!

So really, getting your workplace fitted for lockout-tagout is not that difficult. You just need to make sure that your lockout-tagout program is well-constructed, effective, and updated. Regularly conduct training and refreshers for your workers and get them involved in your campaign for a safer, and accident-free workplace.

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Spill Control: How to Choose Effective Spill Kits

Spill Kits and Sorbents

No matter how careful you are when handling and storing hazardous materials, occupational accidents can still occur. And when they do, it is best to be prepared for possible spills by keeping spill kits and sorbents handy in the workplace.

But with the numerous spill kits available in the market, how do you select the one that can take care of the particular dangerous substances in your jobsite? Keep in mind that what works for oils can’t be used for cleaning up an acid spill. Here are a few simple guidelines you should remember when selecting spill kits and sorbents:

  1. Always remember to review the Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the substances your business handles. The MSDS will contain information on recommended spill clean-up methods and materials, including the proper protective equipment.
  2. Make sure to match your selected spill kits’ capacity with the amount of chemicals your facility uses. When you have to deal with a 55-gallon drum of solvent, a 30-gallon spill kit will quickly be overwhelmed. Have enough equipment for the job.
  3. Select your spill kits based on the type of spills that may occur. Most spill control equipment is optimized to deal with three types of spills. Non-aggressive liquids are handled by the universal Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) category of kits, while petroleum and oil spills are addressed by special oil-only kits. Acids and dangerous materials must be handled with HazMat-specialized kits, and appropriate authorities must be summoned to aid.

These three quick tips should form the basis for your spill kit acquisition and consequently contribute to your safety when tackling HazMat mishaps. For more pointers on spill control, consult the Seton Canada Product Resource Centre. You can also turn to institutions such as the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety for detailed information about various chemicals.

Smart Security Solution: Tamper-Evident Seals

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Indicative seals or tamper-evident seals are essential tools in securing, shipment, utilities, doors, and containers.  Some people may consider seals and locks as interchangeable security devices. And while both are security solutions, seals are not designed to actually withstand entry. Many seal variants are made of paper or plastic, easily removed by simple cutting tools. And while a lock can be put back in place after opening, a security seal cannot be effectively reattached once it has been cut.

Making Items Tamper-Proof

What seals do is provide clear evidence of tampering. This is accomplished precisely by means of the comparatively light materials seals are made of, which clearly display cuts, breaks, twists, and other signs of tampering. Then, during the process of inspection, personnel can take note of any instance of unauthorized access that has occurred.

Unlike other security systems, seals provide a unique testimony that the integrity of an item remains intact throughout a given process (production, shipment, inventory, etc), for the benefit of manufacturers, carriers, buyers, inspectors and other officials.

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Low on Hassle, High on Security

Among the various options are easy-to-install, self-locking seals that afford convenient security, many of which are available on Seton. Others may even secure cages, equipment, and other heavier items. All these options are available in different colours, and can be customized with company-specific logos and serial numbers.

To further improve security and tracking, a lot of seal options come with numbering. Thus, even when a seal is cut off and replaced afterwards with an identical variant, the numbering convention will be off, providing further evidence of unauthorized access. Also, when properly tracked, security seals prevent the entry of illegal items into the country.

Customizing tamper-evident seals doesn’t need a lot of time or investment. Seton, for example, features an online DYO (Design Your Own) app where customers can upload their own logos, enter their specific texts and number formats, add to cart and get their customized seals delivered in as little as 5 days.

Tamper-evident seals is one of the most practical security solutions for every business. They afford users with a convenient means of securing items without having to rely on specialized machinery. Not only do seals prevent unauthorized and illegal access, they help improve a facility’s workflow and everyday processes. This in turn increases the facility’s productivity, performance, and overall well-being.

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Steps to Safety: Ladder Regulations, Types and Uses

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Ladders are key tools in the construction and other industrial fields, allowing people to access elevated areas in various workplaces such as offices, warehouses, and manufacturing plants. This functionality, however, also exposes the user to the risk of slipping and falling, while also posing safety hazards to people nearby. As such, it is important that ladders are designed, manufactured and maintained in a way that these are able to support the equipment’s designated load.

In an effort to reduce said hazards, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) implements standards for industrial ladder specifications and safety regulations. These guidelines (CAN3-Z11-M81, among others) provide specific ladder measurement requirements, and help employers train employees in the proper use of these tools. For instance, establishments are required to use CSA Grade 1 Ladders, which come with Heavy Load and Construction and Industrial ratings.

There are various regulations concerning ladder specifications. One of them deals with the required maximum length for ladders. Measured along the side rail, a ladder should not be more than 6m (for step ladders), 15m (for extension ladders made up of two sections), and 20m (for extension ladders made up of more than two sections).

These specifications are given a lot of attention because warehouse ladders function best when used according to their purposes in specific tasks. As such, selecting the best ladder to use will involve considering several factors including:

  • Type of ladder required for the task
  • Length of ladder needed, which should be adequate enough to avoid stepping on upper rungs or unnecessary stretching
  • Ladder material (aluminum, fiberglass, or wood)
  • Weight of both user and materials, to avoid going beyond the maximum load capacity

As mentioned before, different ladders are built for different purposes. Today, various options are available in the market for safety managers and safety personnel to choose from. Among the different kinds of ladders are the following:

  • Step Stool: self-supporting ladder with flat steps, measuring around 800mm – 32in in overall size, and may be fixed or foldable. Step stools should be used by only one person.
  • Straight Ladder: non-self-supporting ladder comprised of one section, which should be used by only one person.
  • Extension Ladder: non-self-supporting ladder comprised of two or more sections, built with guides or brackets allowing length adjustment. Extension ladders are used to reach high areas and should have a stable structure to lean against for support. These should be used by only one person.
  • Stepladder: self-supporting ladder with flat steps, featuring a hinged design that allow for easy storage. Step ladders are intended for use by only one person, in areas with adequate ground support for each of the four rails.
  • Mobile Ladder Stand: movable, self-supporting ladder with a fixed height, comprised of wide flat treads. Some variants include handrails. These ladders should be used by only one person.

It bears repeating that while ladders play a necessary role in the workplace, these pose several hazards that should not be overlooked. Because of this fact, people should also practice ladder safety protocols in order to prevent unwanted accidents and injuries. Some of these are the following:

  • Ladder rungs should have 300mm space on centres
  • Ladder side rails should be set at least 300mm apart
  • Loose rungs and similar defects should not be present
  • Ladders should be placed on firm, stable surfaces
  • Make sure to position ladders at an angle of around 0.3 metres away for every 1 metre length of the ladder

In many instances, ladders are used as a regular means of traversing two or more levels of a structure. They do, after all, serve a similar function as do staircases, while also providing a more lightweight and convenient alternative. Ladders, however, are not as robust as most stairs are. In such cases, the following should be kept in mind to maintain workplace safety:

  • Ladders should have an adequate surface area at the top and bottom of the landing
  • Ladders should extend by at least 900 mm at the top above the landing
  • Ladders should have a clear space of more than 150mm behind each rung
  • Ladders should be secured at the top as well as the bottom
  • Ladders should not be attached together in order to increase length

Using a ladder for work exposes the user to slipping and falling hazards. As such, these should be considered only if other methods of completing the task at hand are not applicable. Fortunately, by selecting the right type and following the relevant regulations, working with ladders can be accomplished safely and effectively.

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Custom Label Printing As Part of Business Procedures

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Effective labeling is an important aspect of an establishment’s business procedures. Ensuring that a specific item stands out, whether from other items in the same facility, or from competitors in the market, is essential in creating a productive facility. Indeed, the visual element of a label is often what draws a person’s attention to a given item or product. Because of this, various facilities across the country depend on label printing (and especially custom label printing) in order to print the most effective and informative labels possible.

Custom label printing provides an establishment an added benefit since businesses can have very specific needs and objectives that must be met and achieved. And with these come particular protocols that will necessitate labels that go beyond a generic template. Custom labels give managers an almost infinite range of selections to help them achieve their business objectives.

Label printers play a labeltac-4-pro-industrial-label-printer-ff0738-bacrucial role in producing custom labels. From multiple colour schemes to glossy, professional-looking graphics, several printer options are available in the market, designed to produce the best label to meet a given facility’s requirements. Several factors, like colour and graphics detail, come into play when manufacturing quality output. Printer manufacturers such as LabelTac™ afford users printer options that are designed to accommodate these requirements.

Red, for instance, is commonly designated as the highest level of safety awareness or potential risk hazard. Industrial facilities make use of equipment and machinery that require safety and hazard labeling to protect their employees. A label with a dull printout may not elicit the attention or response needed to understand the message or heed the warning indicated on the label. Achieving the best visual impact will require printers with the best colour output.

There are other reasons why custom labels are ideal options for industrial environments. Within manufacturing plants and similar work locations, items that are stored or utilized in areas with extreme temperatures will require specialized label materials. There are several custom label options  designed to withstand the temperatures in these areas, formulated to retain their shape and readability even in extreme temperature work areas (whether hot or cold).

Custom safety labels are also ideal for labeltac-4-industrial-label-printer-ff0739-baitems that are used or destined for high-end market settings. Made for visual appeal, these designer labels offer an effective means of achieving the ideal look, with each design aspect of the product easily adjustable to produce the desired results. Furthermore, several printers offer users the option to load a variety of graphic and logo designs on familiar editing software such as Microsoft Office, in order to make the process even smoother and easier.

Custom labels are a versatile business solution that can be applied across different business establishments. Whether used for asset inventory, product sales, safety awareness programs (or all of the above), facilities would do well to take advantage of printing their own company labels. Using effective printers like LabelTac™ makes custom label printing among the most comprehensive solutions they can employ to produce the best labels their facilities need.

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