Introducing Master Lock® Dielectric Thermoplastic Padlocks

Master Lock Dielectric Thermoplastic Safety Padlocks

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!

Video: Installing U-Channel Sign Posts Made Easy

If you’re in the market for new parking signs or traffic signs, you may also need to install new Sign Posts. Watch this brief video from Seton to learn the easiest way to install a U-Channel Post, the most common type. The tools you’ll need include a post driver, marker, level tool, measuring tape, spray paint, and a step ladder (depending on the height of your sign post).

Video: Tips for Mounting Signs onto U-Channel Posts

Want to learn how to install a sign onto a U-Channel Sign Post Watch this brief instructional video from Seton to see how easy it is.

Stay Cool This Summer to Avoid Heat-Related Emergencies

Heat-Related Emergencies

Summer is approaching rapidly, and it’s once again time to protect yourself from the sun! Though this change in temperatures comes yearly, that’s no reason to be complacent when it comes to heat-related emergencies and injuries! It might seem like a trivial concern to be worried about “a little sunshine” on the job, but afflictions such as heat stroke, heat cramps, and heat exhaustion are no laughing matter!

Even the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) has its own legally defined temperatures to guide the continuation and stoppage of work. CCOSH recommends that you adjust your working time depending on the type of task and the outside temperature. This is especially important in open-air work zones such as construction, mining and other labour-intensive duties, where physical exertion can quickly raise your body temperatures and outdoor conditions cause dehydration. According to CCOHS guidelines, you should spend up to 50 percent of your time resting if you’re conducting heavy labour such as shoveling, digging and carrying in temperatures of at least 27.5°C.

Croc Bloc Sunscreen

Choose sunscreen that could be easily dispensed without the mess.

You should also hydrate regularly and take note of medications you take. Most victims of heat stroke don’t even notice their own symptoms, so work closely with attentive co-workers. Check for various symptoms of heat-related emergencies such as:

  • Muscle cramps (often in the legs and abdomen)
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness, fainting and lack of energy
  • Reddened, pale (more so than usual) or clammy skin
  • Rapid shallow breathing or hyperventilation
  • Irritable, bizarre or aggressive behaviour

When confronted with these symptoms, immediately address the heat-related emergency and do the following:

  • Drink plenty of cool fluids such as water.
  • Apply  sunscreen (with SPF 15 or higher) to prevent unnecessary sunburns.
  • Avoid excessive outdoor work.
  • Take cover in the shade.
  • Wear light or loose clothing to maximize air circulation and heat dispersal.
  • Use cool therapy packs when working under direct sunlight to keep body temperatures even.

These tips, combined with common sense, should help you and your workers deal with the threat of heat-related emergencies!

Environmentally Friendly Spill Control Products

Oil Spill

June 1-7 is  Canadian Environment Week, which is a time to celebrate progress that’s been made to preserve and protect our natural habitats and recognize there is still work to be done. This year’s theme is “Strengthening Our Environment Today for Tomorrow” which touches on the fact that our behaviors have long term effects on health, quality of life, and the economy. The actions of individuals and businesses are both important for protecting Canada’s environmental treasures, including the longest coastline in the world at 243,000-kilometres.

Oil spills, resulting from both large tankers along the coast or small leaks at your facility, have a lasting impact on our surroundings.  Dripping hydraulic machines are not only messy but result in increased power consumption. It’s best to avoid these leaks in the first place through proper maintenance, but if they do happen be sure to choose the best materials to clean them up as soon as possible.

Be prepared with right products, including, eco-friendly spill containment products which are both budget friendly and made from recycled materials. The universal sorbents can actually absorb up to 50% more than the usual polypropylene sorbents.  Better absorption means great savings because less materials are needed to clean up the same spill!

Environmentally friendly spill control products also come with perforations to let responders use only the amount they need to contain the hazard. Earth-friendly absorbent pads and rolls are also made of self-extinguishing and abrasion-resistant materials, which make them safe and durable.

So this Canadian Environment Week, let’s make a pledge to prevent spills or at least be prepared to clean them up with eco-friendly products.

Sized to Help: First Aid Kit Sizes for Your Workplace

General Purpose First Aid Kits

Any workplace should come with a first aid kit or two. You never know when injuries might happen, so you must be prepared to deal with such eventualities with some workplace first aid.

What’s not always clear, however, is just how many first aid kits you need for a given workplace. Providing an adequate amount of occupational first aid to as many people as needed is just as important as having it in the first place.

Thankfully, Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations cover this topic in their SOR/86-304 mandate and classify first aid kits based on your employee count.

Type A First Aid Kits

Type A first aid kits often carry enough supplies to deal with minor injuries in a workplace or work shift of two to five workers. They include emergency blankets, face shields, examination gloves, and 10 to 12 plastic bandages and antiseptic swabs to deal with the most common types of injuries.

Workplace First Aid KitsType B First Aid Kits

Type B first aid kits are designed to cover workplace first aid for six or more workers. This wide range allows kits to deal with a broad spectrum of the so-called “injury density”, treating many minor wounds or a few more serious ones, depending on the gravity of the situation. Plan accordingly, and always keep spare kits nearby.

Type C First Aid Kits

Type C first aid kits are required for shifts of about the same size that requires Type B first aid kits (six or more workers), but must be equipped to deal with cases that require a first aid attendant with more advanced training (at least a standard first aid certificate or greater). These kits are ideal for workplaces with greater hazards or more complex threats.

Type D First Aid Kits Type D first aid kits are optimized for personal use, ideal for workers who work alone or travel in small vehicles such as snowmobiles or small aircraft. These kits carry less supplies but are easily portable and can be used with minimal effort.

Make sure your available first aid supplies are both compliant with regulations as well as adequate for any task or emergency!

Historic Toronto Street Signs for Sale

Toronto street signs

According to City News Toronto, the city is selling pieces of its history to the highest bidder. That’s not as dramatic as it seems as the items being sold are street signs too degraded to be read. The act is in keeping with Toronto’s 2007 policy of harmonizing street name designs. Over 1,700 signs are up for auction, with the proceeds going to Toronto’s traffic sign revenue account.

The city replaces over 1,800 street name signs every year, and the new signs cost the city government a considerable amount! The figure can rise over time as 200 to 300 new signs are expected to be added each year.

Prevent your facility’s own traffic signs from following the fate of Toronto’s street signs. Follow these two simple tips:

1. Set a schedule for traffic, parking and street sign inspection.

Many businesses make the mistake of replacing signs only when they’re too degraded to use. This poses problems! Illegible signs in heavily trafficked areas make drivers more vulnerable to traffic accidents.

Thus, it’s important to regularly inspect all signs you are responsible for and quickly repair or replace damaged or undecipherable parking signs. Set a schedule based on the recommendations of your hazard assessment officer or the expected lifetime of your signs.

2. Choose traffic signs with durable protection.

Just as an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure, choosing high-quality traffic signs such as stop signs can save costs in the long run. Go for signs with protection such as Seton’s UltraTuff overlaminate, which resists grime, dirt, chemicals, and inclement weather. They’re also easy to clean and require little maintenance, with long years of guaranteed service.

Follow these quick and easy tips to save you a great amount of hassle and cost. Think ahead, and don’t skimp when it comes to ensuring your employees’ safety!


Save Our Sight: Tips for Mounting Eyewash Stations

Mount eyewash stations properly to quickly address eye injuries!

Eye injuries can be life-altering! As an employer, you must provide as much eye protection as you can to your workers. You can do this with the help of eye showers and eyewash stations, but many regulations govern their placement. These rules are outlined by the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, while the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) also provides a useful reference in its Z358.1-2009 eyewash guidelines.

That in mind, we’ve summarized for you eyewash station installation tips from Safety + Health to keep your company safe and compliant in the easiest possible way.

 1. Place Eyewash Facilities Nearby

Swing Activated Laboratory Eyewash

Having the eyewash station right beside the work area allows for immediate attention.

ANSI regulations state that injured workers should take no longer than 10 seconds to reach the nearest eyewash station or shower. Position eyewash stations as close as possible to hazard sites, leaving access unimpeded by equipment, stairs or other barriers. For laboratories and small-scale facilities, swing-activated eyewash stations can keep activation effortless, thus reducing the response time.

2. Clearly Identify Eyewash Stations

Safety Alert Signs - Eye Wash Station Keep Area Clear

Show exactly where eyewash stations are.

Eyewash stations must be clearly identified and visible within a potential hazard zone. If the location of the eyewash stations have been established early on, at least the injured persons could find their way toward the eyewash station by instinct. Also, co-workers can guide the injured persons toward the station.

 3. Keep Your Eyewash Stations Maintained

Eyewash Stations

Even the simplest eyewash stations need regular checking and restocking.

An eyewash station that doesn’t work is as good as having no station at all. Keep eyewash supplies and replacement eyewash solutions near eyewash stations. Readily available supplies ease maintenance and enable you to deal with large-scale accidents where multiple workers are affected.

You owe it to your workers to provide them with prompt emergency care. Don’t skimp in saving their sight!

New OHSA Training Requirement for Ontario Employers

Safety TrainingStarting July 1, 2014, Ontario businesses will be required to ensure their employees have completed an OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Awareness) safety training program. The new regulation requires that supervisors and workers take a basic program covering updated industrial safety and health awareness standards, and that these trainings will be documented.

If you haven’t made plans for the transition yet,  Health and Safety Ontario recommends that you start by comparing your team’s current level of safety and health awareness with the new material. After you discover what training is needed, create an action plan to provide the needed education. Don’t forget to document participation, provide the trainees written proof, and complete all activities by July 1, 2014.

To make training your employees a breeze, take advantage of Seton CA’s WHMIS video training kit. This complete package consists of materials you need to teach your staff about Canada’s Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) such as:

  • a 35-minute educational video in DVD
  • printed supplementary materials
  • five self-study guides with quizzes
  • a WHMIS poster
  • five wallet cards
  • five certificates
  • an administrator’s guide

Approved by the Industrial Accident Prevention Association and Liftow, these learning materials cover:

  • WHMIS basics
  • workplace hazards
  • hazard symbols
  • material safety data sheets
  • controlled products
  • training requirements and responsibilities

With Seton CA’s WHMIS video training kit, you’re one quick and easy step away from complying with Ontario’s regulations and cultivating a safe and healthy working environment!

Setmark Pipe Markers Now Available in Smaller 8XSM Size!

Setmark 8XSM Pipe Markers

When laying down piping for any complex structure, keeping every pipe marked and organized is a critical aspect of the construction process. You can accomplish this task by using pipe markers and employing regulation-compliant pipe marking equipment and techniques.

Keeping your pipes well-marked will prevent accidents, injuries and costly damage, as well as ensuring your compliance with safety regulations!

However, not every kind of pipe is easy to mark with pipe labels. Pipes that are particularly short, have a small diameter, or are located in difficult-to-reach areas can be hard to mark with existing sizes and formats of pipe marker labels in the market.

With that in mind, you may wish to consider obtaining Setmark® pipe markers in the newly available 8XSM size! 8XSM is the newest and most compact format of pipe marker and is well-suited to marking pipes with a diameter of 3/8” through 1/2”. This includes many of the smallest and easiest-to-miss portions of your facility’s piping infrastructure. With a variety of legends to choose from, you can mark the thin-diameter pipes for hot-water supply with Heating Hot Water Supply Pipe Markers, or mark hard-to-reach pipes for cold-water supply with Domestic Cold Water Supply Pipe Markers that fit just right.

As with any other Setmark® pipe marker, the 8XSM size offers a wide variety of fully compliant marking symbols and wording. The 8XSM size allows a colour field of 8” with up to 35 easily readable 5/16” letters for custom pipe markers. They can withstand an intense range of temperatures up to 120°F, making them ideal for any pipe.

With this new size of pipe marking tools available to you and your facility, you can be sure that you’ll have every safety and regulatory base covered!