Archives for July 2014

Duraguard, Setonguard & Quickguard: What To Choose

Asset Identification products from Setonge

Whether your company is a large corporation or a small start up business, it will have various physical assets, ranging from computers to hand-held tools to industrial equipment. At any given time, these assets are used in different areas in the workplace, and may need to be serviced and/or replaced. It is important for you to be able to identify them, and keep track of their operating conditions and where they are located.

In the pursuit of an ongoing commitment to safety and security, Seton Canada offers asset ID labels in 3 high-quality materials, namely Setonguard®, Duraguard®, and Quickguard. While each can be used to effectively identify your company’s assets, knowing what differentiates one from the other will ensure you choose the best one for the situation:

     Setonguard®.

  • For assets that are used and/or located in specialized work environments, your asset ID labels should be able to withstand the conditions in those environments. Manufactured from anodized or annealed aluminum, Setonguard® asset ID labels are especially resistant to chemicals, solvents and abrasion. Accompanying text and graphics are etched onto the surface, with the colors dyed in.
  • Applied onto surfaces by means of Stock SetonGuard Property Tags from Setona roller, Setonguard® labels are designed for indoor and outdoor use, providing an excellent asset tracking solution for extreme work environments. Some variants are even designed with security cuts as a safeguard from being removed whole. Likewise, Setonguard® products can also be customized with numbering, as well as company text and logos. To maximize durability, barcodes are secured underneath the coating, to better withstand scratches and wear.

     DuraGuard®.

  • DuraGuard® asset Duraguard Tamper Evident Labels from Setonidentification products are a highly durable option for marking and tracking assets. This label is manufactured from a metallised polyester, and features an innovative tamper-evident adhesive. When removed, this adhesive leaves a checkerboard mark, providing clear indication of tampering.
  • Useful both indoors and out, these asset tags can be easily applied onto surfaces, effectively securing office equipment, tools, and even heavy industrial equipment. This makes them highly useful in preventing theft and unauthorized reuse. These labels can be customized with numbering, barcode symbology, company-specific wording and logos. Customers can choose from Code 39, Code 128, or Interleaved 2 of 5 barcodes for their needs.

     Quickguard™.

  • Constructed with Stock Quickguard Property ID Tags from Setonanodised aluminum foil, Quickguard™ asset identification products offer a convenient and reliable option for asset security. Made for use on rough surfaces and indoor/outdoor use, Seton’s Quickguard™ products serve as a convenient, hassle-free means of identifying tools, machinery, and other supplies. For additional customer convenience, these asset labels can be customized with number sequencing and company details like logos.

Identifying, tracking and controlling company assets is crucial to performance and productivity. Effective asset labeling not only provides a means to record and monitor asset data, but reduces the risk of theft and other unauthorized tampering. With Seton Canada’s asset identification products, property loss and security violations are successfully prevented, safeguarding an establishment’s bottom line and ensuring a secure environment.

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Pavement Message Signs: Right Where You Need Them

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In our pursuit of making safety easy for you, we at Seton are introducing a new line of pavement message signs. These new adhesive-backed signs are meant for use on floors and pavements but can also be used on walls. As with all our safety and facility signs, our new pavement message signs feature a full range of practical safety messages and eye-catching graphics, ensuring they will be highly noticeable wherever you should use them.

One feature that sets our new pavement message signs apart from other floor signs and markers is the material from which these signs are made. Conventional floor markers are made from vinyl and usually feature an anti-slip overlaminate. Our new pavement markers are made from adhesive foil material by Asphalt Art. You may be familiar with Asphalt Art products through those large point-of-purchase advertising floor decals found in malls, supermarkets and other similar locations.

What makes our new adhesive foil pavement signs unique is that they get their slip resistance from glass beads incorporated into the sign’s surface. In fact, the anti-slip properties of our new signs are good enough to meet NSFI and ASTM-International certifications for non-slip surfaces.

Pavement message signs are easy to apply, with no need for surface prepping other than cleaning, designed for short term use for up to a year, and priced accordingly. We are certain that the new pavement message signs will be an ideal addition to your facility’s safety program.

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Transportation & Rail Safety: Remembering Lac-Mégantic

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Canada’s oil-by-rail exports have recently skyrocketed, from about 16,000 barrels a day in early 2012 to almost 150,000 barrels a day by December 2013. The risks of this increase are worrisome, especially in light of the Lac-Mégantic derailment and subsequent explosion that took over 40 lives. As we remember and honor those lives lost one year ago, it is paramount that safety be placed above all else.

Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt announced in April that 5,000 unsafe tankers were to be removed from Canadian railways within 30 days, and another 65,000 are to be removed or retrofitted within three years. Additionally, Transport Canada issued a “protective direction” requiring emergency response assistance plans for crude oil, gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, and ethanol transport. The railways also introduced a rate structure which they hope will encourage crude oil shippers to work toward an upgraded tank car standard.

As crude oil production increases, and existing pipeline capacity diminishes, energy companies are being forced to rely heavily on railway transportation for delivery. While Canada has one of the largest rail networks in the world, there are concerns over whether or not it can safely accommodate the increase in demand.

Material Handling Health & Safety Blitz Coming Soon

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Industrial sector businesses in Ontario should begin preparing for the upcoming Material Handling blitz. The Health and Safety Inspections will run from September 15th – October 26th, 2014. Material Handling involves the movement, storage, control and protection of materials, goods, products, and equipment. Statistics show that nearly 25% of workers will experience an injury as a result of lifting and lowering, pushing and pulling, carrying and holding, or resisting loads. In Ontario alone, musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for half of all lost-time injuries. Preparation and proper training in the following areas will help prevent injury and hopefully result in a successful inspection:

  • Racking and storage systems
  • MSD hazards
  • Truck and trailer security (in loading areas)
  • Lifting devices and forklifts
  • Safe work practices with regard to slips, trips, falls, and other hazards

The Ministry of Labour’s proactive inspection blitzes and initiatives are designed to raise awareness and increase compliance with health and safety legislation. Blitzes and initiatives are announced in advance and results are reported after they are completed. The ministry tracks each sector to determine if there are long-lasting increases in compliance and decreases in injuries.

Product Spotlight: Mining

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Mining blitzes are scheduled from now through early 2015, giving you extra reason to make sure you’re stocking and utilizing the products that will protect your miners. The three blitzes will focus on: Explosives (July – August), Ground Control (October – November), and Water Management (February – March). Seton has an extensive line of in-stock and fully customizable signs, including glow-in-the-dark and reflective options. Blasting, traffic, exit & evacuation, access restriction & site safety, clearance & capacity, and machine safety signs are critical in letting miners know how to avoid danger. Our mine processing products will cover everything from chemical hazard labeling to pipe & value marking to lockout/tagout. Just as with our signs, our labels and tags are completely customizable to meet your unique needs. Seton’s Personal Safety items (including training materials and posters) will help your workers understand, respond to, and protect themselves from dangerous situations that may arise. Seton is so committed to keeping the mining industry safe and compliant, we have dedicated an entire site it, so please visit seton.ca/mining today.

Safety News You Can Use

 

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  • A Workplace Safety course offered in 36 high schools across Newfoundland and Labrador will include free first aid/CPR training. The Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission (WHSCC) created the initiative to help students develop a positive attitude toward health and safety, both on and off the job. Students who complete the course will enter the workforce as a worker health and safety representative, with WHMIS and first aid/CPR certifications.
  • Alex Keaveny, a Halifax Crown attorney, will join the Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service as a resource to investigators in occupational health and safety cases. The province will also hire additional safety division inspectors and engineers, along with creating a division focused on education and compliance. Labour Minister Kelly Regan hopes the measures will help achieve justice in workplace death cases.
  • A Manitoba-based welding and fabrication company is facing a dozen charges under the Workplace Safety and Health Act. A fatal accident occurred two years ago when a steel catwalk panel fell on 22 year old Dale Jerome. The allegations claim failure to provide adequate protection, equipment, training, and supervision.
  • In an unprecedented decision, the Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal declared a provision in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act unconstitutional. The provision states that employees suffering from chronic mental stress, unlike employees who have suffered physical injury, are denied access to workers’ compensation benefits. It has been said that the Ontario government will likely challenge the ruling in the Divisional Court.

Industry Spotlight: Mining

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News of mining industry tragedy has been making headlines all over the world. A Quebec man recently died following a June 25th mining accident, and the May incident at Sudbury’s Lockerby Mine resulted in two deaths. Ontario officials are conducting thorough health and safety reviews in both cases. In response to the Lockerby situation, employees participated in a safety reorientation intended to convey the company’s commitment to providing a safe working environment. The Ministry of Labour is leading the investigation into the Lockerby deaths, and has requested training records, a shift lineup, level plans, shifter log books, seismicity records, and ground control inspection reports.

The mining capital of the world, Canada’s long term prosperity and employment landscape depend heavily on the more than 60 minerals and metals produced there. A government report released late last month revealed that  five new energy and mining projects potentially coming to New Brunswick could transform the province, generating $8.6 billion and thousands of new jobs. A thorough investigation and subsequent strengthening of workplace safety regulations will help stop repeat violators and protect workers so that the mining industry can continue to flourish.

The second annual Health and Safety Excellence in Mining conference is taking place July 23rd & 24th in downtown Toronto. Learn from senior-level health and safety experts how to create an observation-based, proactive safety program that will significantly reduce incident rates and maintain compliance while advancing safety management goals.

Introducing Master Lock® Dielectric Thermoplastic Padlocks

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Safety padlocks are an essential tool when it comes to creating and enforcing an effective lock-out/tag-out policy, but not all locks are created equal. Standard metal padlocks carry their own electrical hazards when used to lock out energized equipment and machinery.

Instead, consider using Seton Canada’s newly introduced Master Lock® Dielectric Thermoplastic Safety Padlocks, which are specially designed for use in lock-out/tag-out functions. These sturdy safety padlocks are manufactured by Master Lock and carry a number of highly useful safety features to ensure their users’ safety as well as your business’ regulatory compliance:

  • Shackles are made from non-sparking, non-magnetic material, including plastic, copper and brass, to hinder electric current from passing through keys and prevent arc flashes
  • Locks measure 1-1/2″W x 1-3/4″H, with 1-1/2″ clearance
  • Available in a range of colors
  • Thermoplastic lock body is durable, lightweight and non-conductive
  • Fully compliant with the “one employee, one lock, one key” directive of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration
  • Fastened with keyed different 6-pin tumbler that retains keys to ensure lock is not left open
  • Features OSHA-compliant “Danger” decal to ensure unauthorized personnel do not remove the lock

Enhance your lock-out/tag-out program today by employing safety padlocks optimized for the duty!

Hard Hat Labels: Underdogs in this Hard Hat World

Hard Hat LabelsA hard hat is one of the most important and recognizable items of personal protective equipment in the industrial workplace. Hard hats play a big role in protecting your head from serious injuries that may be brought about by impact from falling objects, blunt, sharp and abrasive surfaces, or a fall.

Safety hard hat labels help to identify and motivate workers by displaying safety messages and company safety records. A hard hat decal usually contains information on the wearers’ milestones and awards, the type of safety training they’ve received, team affiliations, and even their job position. Lastly, it serves as an easy way to identify the wearer in an emergency.

The good news is that you don’t need to spend much to get your hard hats labelled, and Seton offers a wide range of safety hat labels for your specific needs. Choose from First Aid, CPR Certified, Authorized Forklift Operator, GHS Safety Trained Labels, and many more! Shop our Hard Hat Labels-On-A-Roll now and get 40% off. 600x360as

If you have a specific label in mind and can’t find it, then check out our custom hard hat labels. With our easy-to-use Design Your Own tool, you can create your own safety label with the exact font, colours, size, material and wording that you want! 

Don’t underestimate the value that hard hat labels bring to the table. They may seem like standard items for decorating hard hats and caps, but they are serious PPE tools that could mean the difference between life and death.