Custom Heavy Duty Signs: When Bigger is Better

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Whether to launch a new business, product, or to pursue a new marketing strategy, establishments will have to draw customer attention. Revenues depend greatly on customer business, both new clients and loyal patrons. As such, brand recognition cannot be ignored.

One important way of ensuring this is to make use of the best signages for the business. And sometimes, standardized signs are not enough. Custom giant heavy-duty signs afford facilities with a unique way to advertise their name and leave a good impression on clients and customers.

Customized Signs for Customized Marketing

Custom signs, of course, can be made benefits in a wide range of styles, sizes and colors. In fact, the choices available for custom signs may become overwhelming and confusing for some buyers. Because of this, personnel who are looking into custom signs should take the time to determine how their establishment can benefit the most from these types of signs.

One of the factors to be considered is the type of message the sign is to convey.  Will they be strictly informative or can they be entertaining as well? Will variety be a good investment or should the business opt for a single design scheme?

Another important consideration is where the signs are to be located. The features of a facility, from the building structure to the amount and demographic of potential customers all factor into what kind of custom sign should be selected.

Big in Size, Big In (Customer) Sights

Using custom signs provide distinct benefits that cannot be provided by generic signage options. Among these are the option to use of colours and fonts that are not immediately available in the market, as well as manufacturing the sign in shapes and sizes that do not fall under generic measurements. And of course there is also the choice to utilize custom-worded signs that include details that cannot be replicated in mass-produced products.

As a contribution to the market demand for customized products, Seton offers Custom Giant Heavy Duty signs that are specifically manufactured for use in large, specialized work locations.

Available in .080″ thick aluminum, customers can also avail of double-sided options for further convenience and viewability. Should the business need custom signs in low-lit areas, Seton also offers reflective sign options, which include non-reflective, engineer-grade reflectivity and high-intensity. Shipping period is within 3-5 days.

Custom signs allow for extensive product customization, whether these are messages conveyed in text or by means of graphics. With custom giant heavy duty signs, businesses can utilize signages associated to them and no other. In turn, this kind of personalized exposure facilitates a solid brand recognition among their customers and the general public, helping the business stand out from the rest.

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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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Thirteen Points for Safety at the Workplace

Thirteen Points for SafetyWhile every establishment has a specific set of safety policies for facility-specific work procedures, there are some safety rules that apply across organizations and industries. These are rules that should be included in training programs and safety orientations, regardless of individual jobs a worker may be tasked with. Seton offers the following discussion of safety guidelines to apply in the workplace:

Developing Safety Habits. Promoting safety in the workplace doesn’t just affect the worker’s well being, it also ensures an efficient and productive workplace. To help accomplish this, it is important to:

  • Cultivate the proper attitude towards safety in the workplace, where minor rules and injuries are not dismissed or taken for granted. Ignoring minor procedures can cause confusion and potential hazards; and even small injuries can become serious without the proper medical attention. As such, it is important to report every injury and illness to supervisors regardless of severity.
  • Practice appropriate housekeeping methods to keep work areas neat and organised. Any problems that are beyond the skill of those who are directly involved should be reported to supervisors as well.
  • Fire safety should remain a priority, with fire exists kept free of any obstructions to accommodate emergencies. Any items that could easily ignite should be properly disposed of. In the event of a fire, all personnel should be able to locate the nearest fire extinguishers, operate these effectively without harming themselves, and, when necessary, take the nearest and shortest exits to safety.

Such practices should be developed and provided with the proper guidance and support materials. Training documents, videos and programs allow establishments to easily and systematically train employees (both new and veteran) in safety rules. Seton offers several training kits that are ready for use in meetings, presentations and other work sessions.

Implementing Safety Rules. In order to facilitate a safe work environment, regulations can serve as useful support. The following are a few helpful rules:

  • Running around the workplace should be discouraged. People walking at a reasonable pace while paying attention to their surroundings are less likely to hit others, step unto a busy lane, or cause other potential accidents and injury.
  • Offices, warehouses, and manufacturing plants are not the appropriate place for rough and boisterous play. Horseplay and pranks in the workplace should likewise be discouraged.
  • Drug abuse in the workplace should be prohibited. People who work under the influence of drugs or alcohol pose health and safety risks to the whole establishment. They also put visitors, customers, and the wider public in danger.
  • The use of guns, knives, and other potential weapons have no place in the workplace unless you are part of security. Carrying these items within the premises should be strictly prohibited.

To ensure that employees remain aware of these rules, warning signs should be posted throughout the workplace, to keep them reminded of said policies. Seton offers a wide range of safety and security signs that provide clear, easy-to-read safety warnings.

Use and Maintenance of Workplace Equipment. Monitoring the equipment used in the workplace is an important safety procedure. Some crucial tips include:

  • Proper training on lockout/tagout protocols should be provided to those whose work directly with machinery and other electrical equipment. Even those whose tasks do not require lockout/tagout need to be aware of these policies as they can become unwitting casualties in case of lockout/tagout accidents.
  • Objects should be lifted, moved, and carried by those who have the capacity to deal with the weight and stress. Personnel who need to carry objects that are too heavy for them should not hesitate to ask for help or use a dolly, forklift, and other material handling equipment.
  • Machines should not be repaired while in operation. Getting rid of a jam or obstruction should likewise be done when it is shut off. Machines should be locked out prior to carrying out any type of adjustment or repair.
  • Employees should know what personal protective equipment (PPE) is necessary for their tasks, and be able to use them accordingly.

Encouraging Feedback. Employees should be encouraged to raise pertinent safety questions and communicate them through the proper channels. Even simple suggestion boxes can be a big help in providing a means for employees to express their concerns.

  • Workers should not hesitate to ask their questions on safety rules and procedures.
  • Failure to follow safety rules should be reported to supervisors.

Safety is a critical aspect of each and every organisational workflow. All these general safety principles and guidelines are just the foundation that each industry can expand to meet their more specific safety needs.

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Landscape Worker Safety: Mowing and Trimming Tips

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Workers employed in landscaping are faced daily with hazards arising from the nature of their job and equipment they use. Work routines involving power tools, blades, and heavy lifting can all result in potentially serious workplace injuries.

Some common landscaping injuries are:

  • Slips, trips, and/or falls, leading to fractures, sprains, or strains on the fingers, back, and legs.
  • Being struck by an object (debris or equipment) on the job.
  • Overexertion, usually when a worker moves or lifts objects such as equipment, supplies, or debris.

Not surprisingly, injury prevention should be a primary concern in the landscaping industry. Seton understands this, with worker safety continuing to be a main business priority. As such, the following tips are offered to help ensure landscaping safety, especially during the coming summer.

Preparatory Work

  • Prior to performing any mowing or trimming task, it is important to inspect the work area and carry out necessary precautions. Identify any potential hazards, and clear those out. Any changes that require adjusting the original plans should be made, and made wisely.
  • Make a thorough inspection of the tools to be used on the job. Perform the required quality and maintenance protocols to allow workers to complete their tasks safely and efficiently.
  • Reduce unwanted incidents by keeping non-personnel away from the premises, and prevent bystander access by marking out work areas. Seton has several traffic management devices that clearly identify outdoor work areas, preventing accidents involving personnel, pedestrians and vehicles alike.

Using a Lawn Mower

  • Start the lawn mower outdoors, pushing it in forward in an upright position. Be alert to hidden hazards (such as drain pipes, holes, roots, insect nests), and make sure the mower is on idle when stopping to clear away debris. Be sure to mow away from power cords when using electric powered lawn mowers. Remember as well take frequent rest breaks, especially in hot weather.
  • Avoid stalling the motor or choking the mower by proceeding working slowly in areas with tall, heavy grass. If the blade hits a hard object, stop immediately and make the necessary inspection and repairs before resuming work. Unclog or remove debris from the mower with a stick (while it is shut off) to avoid touching the blades.
  • Mow in such a manner as to prevent the mower rolling back or over the feet. For push mowers, mowing on inclines should be done across the slope; riding lawn mowers, on the other hand, should be driven straight and down along slopes.

Tree Trimming

  • When climbing, break off small dead branches by hand, and remove larger branches using the appropriate equipment. Make sure keep the cut in view, to prevent severing lines, safety cords, etc.
  • Carry larger tools using hand lines attached to the end of the equipment, to prevent snagging on branches. Smaller ones may be hoisted in a bucket or similar container connected to a hand line. Make sure that saws attached to a ring on a worker’s belt are equipped with fibre or leather guards.
  • Remember to wear non-conductive personal protective gear when working near power lines. Seton offers a wide range of personal protective equipment designed for specialized needs as well as standard safety requirements.

What to Avoid When Trimming Trees

  • Climbing trees in wet, icy, or high wind weather conditions.
  • Letting partially cut limbs stay on trees.
  • Using dead branches as support.
  • Carrying saws, pruners and similar tools while climbing.
  • Using hatchets and axes.

Other Tips To Remember

  • Be sure to turn off and/or disconnect equipment  immediately after use. Prevent any rusting by removing dirt and moisture. Put tools away when the job is finished, and store them with safe, organized storage and security systems that allows workers easy, safe access whenever the need arises. Lockout kits and other supplies are designed to meet such needs, and are also readily available from Seton.
  • If tools are to be stored in a vehicle, they should be firmly secured to prevent shifting or falling during transport.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after work or when changing tasks (to prevent transferring dirt and debris), as well as prior to eating or using the washroom.
  • Make allowances not only for expected weather, but for when severe weather should ever occur. There should be available shelter for any sudden thunderstorms, preferably buildings or fully enclosed metal vehicles, and not sheds.

Workers performing landscaping rely on potentially dangerous equipment while being exposed to the elements. As such, the proper use and maintenance of the equipment is of utmost importance. Employing the proper personal protective gear and safe work practices effectively helps prevent accidents and injury on the job. This in beneficial not only to the safety of employees, but to the performance and well-being of the whole company as well.

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Choosing The Right Property ID Labels: An Overview

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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.

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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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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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Improve Inventory Locations With Effective Labeling

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Proper inventory management depends on knowing the best place to put inventory, and being able to easily locate it.  Far too many businesses deposit their inventory in places that are inadequately labeled, or lack clear means of identification. This is especially unfortunate since labeling inventory locations can be done quite easily, with a little proper planning and the use of labels.

Inventory Storage Areas: Knowing What Goes Where

Location names don’t need to be (and indeed should not be) complicated.  Planning out how to name inventory locations takes into account existing factors in the facility, such as physical structure, layout, and conventions that are already in use.  When coming up with the proper designation for inventory locations, here are a few general factors to consider:

  • Provide location names to as many physical spaces in the facility as possible, even those that are unoccupied or not in use.  In fact, whenever possible, every location in the establishment should be provided with proper labeling.
  • Make use of unique names or terms. No two locations should be referred to by the same terms.
  • Location labels should display the full name of the location, with arrows pointing in the direction of that area.

Group Locations Accordingly.  Inventory operations that involve large and/or several facilities would require adequate grouping or zoning conventions for quality control. Managing large or multiple storage areas will require dividing the location into smaller spaces, which will then be labeled accordingly.  These areas should be labeled in ascending numerical order, starting from the uppermost area going down to the lowest, moving from left to right.

It is key to match the labeling scheme with how inventory reports print out, with the data including both inventory locations and the items that need to be stored in those areas. With this scheme, individuals tasked with inventory checks and maintenance can perform their tasks in a single, orderly fashion.

Section Labels. Break down specific locations further into sections. Maintain a consistent method of designating these sections, to ensure that they can be located quickly and easily.

Detailed Location Names. It is a good practice to name locations within a section using numbers.  Again, follow an ascending numerical order starting at the highest location (the top most shelf, for instance), going down towards the floor.

Provide Clear, Easy-to-Read Labels.  Make sure to use labels that are easy to distinguish and identify.  Labels that don’t clearly state which location they’re referring to (no arrows when they are needed), or with poorly-printed letters (too small, do not contrast against backgrounds, etc) defeat the purpose of using of labels in the first place. Instead of simplifying day-to-day tasks, inadequate labels will slow down operations and cause shipping delays and errors.  These in turn will result in wasted time and effort as well as loss of revenue.

Locations in a facility should be properly designated and appropriately labeled. The potential cost of labeling is quite small compared to what can happen when items are lost as a result of mix-ups.  Using the proper labels for identifying inventory locations saves time, streamlines inventory management, and improves overall business procedures.

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PPE: Preventing Injuries and Saving Lives

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) is considered by some unimportant, or even annoying, depending on it only when other factors have failed to eliminate risks.  They consider PPE a last line of defense against potentially harmful substances or occasions.  They couldn’t be more wrong.

Drawing Safety Lines. For individuals employed in high-risk work areas, PPE is not their last resort it is their first line of prevention as well as defense.

Whether gloves, hard hats, hazmat suits or respirators, the PPE they wear act as a barrier against debris, chemicals and other substances. They serve as a protective layer that safeguards the safety and well-being of employees. In certain instances, they are the very means that allow workers to effectively perform their tasks.

In fact, there are situations where there are no alternatives to PPE. For most employees, it provides an alternative to more costly engineering solutions. And since accidents happen in all facilities, PPE is an integral component of an establishment’s occupational health and safety plan.

To effectively keep workers safe from the hazards of their jobs, safety equipment is required to be designed, manufactured and tested to meet safety standards. PPE equipment is designed and manufactured to withstand severe chemical reactions and the force of falling objects.

On construction sites, for instance, falling objects are a common work hazard.  As such, employees are required to wear hard hats (as well as other PPE) to keep them safe from potentially fatal accidents. Made with rigid outer shells to resist and deflect blows against the head, hard hats are also built with suspension systems that absorb the shock of impact.

Making a Choice for Safety. Employers are required by law to ensure the health and safety of their employees, by making the job and work environment as safe as possible. Workers without the proper safety equipment are exposed to serious and potentially fatal injury. Even simple items such as gloves can prevent serious injuries, by preventing chemicals from getting onto the wearer’s skin, or sharp edges from wounding the worker’s hands.

Maintaining safety equipment and developing risk-reducing business protocols are part of an establishment’s responsibility to keep its workers safe. To maximize the use of PPE, knowledge of the workplace and potential occupational health and safety hazards should go into the process of selecting the particular equipment to be used. Employees should also be trained in wearing and general maintenance.

Facilities that fail to comply with PPE regulations could be fined, legally sanctioned, or even completely shut down.  Personal protective equipment is an integral part of worker protection. Neither employers nor employees can afford to treat them as an afterthought. PPE is not just the last line of defense for employees, it’s also their first.

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