Time To Replace Your Signs, Tags, and Labels?

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When was the last time you checked on the appearance and effectiveness of the signs, tags, and labels in your facility? Wear and tear on these items can mean you’re not in compliance, even though you think you are. Old, worn-out products might also be endangering lives, if they’re no longer sufficiently communicating hazards. Utilize the following tips to determine which products need replacing and, while you’re at it, set a schedule for regular assessments going forward.

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Not only are damaged or faded signs not communicating hazards properly, they are likely sending a message that your business does not care to emphasize safety. Keep replacement signs on hand and take old ones down as soon as they show signs of wear or damage.

You might want to consider Seton’s Duroshield Overlaminate, which resists grime, dirt, mildew, chemicals, and inclement weather. Another great option, especially in areas that have wet or dirty operations, is photoengraved metal signs.

Unfortunately, another common issue is theft. Vandal-proof hardware can prevent your signs from being stolen. Proper sign support is also critical in communicating your message effectively.

More often than not, it is cheaper to replace a badly damaged or unreadable sign than attempt many repairs in the field. Never take a damaged sign away and leave nothing in its place!

Labels & Tags

Labels and tags can be used for hazard warnings, valve identification, equipment instructions, accident prevention, asset security, and more. Wear and tear on these items can present many of the same hazards associated with signage. Labels and tags should be made of high performance, durable materials that can withstand harsh environments – both indoors and outdoors. Information should be communicated appropriately and legibly at all times.

Labeling of chemical containers is a particularly important consideration and full details can be found in section 10.41 on Replacing Labels in the Canada Occupational Health and Safety Regulations. If a chemical container’s original label must be replaced, the new label must contain the same information as the original. Only use labels, ink, and markings that are not soluble in the liquid content of the container.

Seton can customize any sign, tag, or label to your unique needs, and we also offer printers for quick, on-the-spot labeling needs. Don’t forget to check out our full line of safety products in the 2015 Seton Source Book, which will send in early January!

“Make Safety A Habit” during NAOSH Week 2014!

NAOSH Week 2014This week we are celebrating the North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week. From May 4 -10, employers, employees, and occupational health and safety stakeholders from across the continent come together to promote injury and illness prevention in the workplace, at home and in the community.

This year’s NAOSH Week theme is “Make Safety A Habit!”, and it is a call to action to implement and improve safety habits in the workplace. In British Columbia alone, an estimated $17 million in claim costs are paid annually for long term care brought about by workplace injuries in the health care sector. NAOSH Week aims to bring awareness to the habits in the workplace and how these habits help or hinder accident and injury prevention. The end goal is to cultivate a culture where being safe is already a second nature – like putting on your seatbelt upon getting in a vehicle.

For the workplace, safety should be a top priority for everyone – employers and workers alike. If you haven’t done so yet, now is the perfect time to assess the state of safety in your workplace. Celebrate NAOSH Week by jump-starting a campaign on safe habits. Put up workplace safety signs all around your facility and promote safety habits by following these guidelines:

  1. Set your own safety standards and stick to it. As an employer, make sure the safety regulations established are being followed. As a staff member, make sure you observe safety practices and don’t let others influence you otherwise. If you are not wearing the proper equipment because others don’t, the potential injury you may suffer will be yours alone to live with.
  2. Operate equipment only if qualified. Working with equipment can be a hazard, which is why training on how to operate them is a must. If you are tasked with handling certain equipment, and have never underwent training before, you need to inform your supervisor so the necessary training can be provided.Safety Signs
  3. Maintain a healthy respect for machinery. Before using any piece of equipment, makes sure it is in the best condition to operate. Check if the machine is clear of any obstruction that can damage the machine, and potentially injure you or others. Report if you see any problems. Check that all guards are in place, and don’t forget to de-energize the power before operating the equipment.
  4. Take the initiative to initiate safety procedures. It is your responsibility to call your supervisor and alert management to any problems or potential hazards that you encounter on the job. Report any broken equipment or machinery you may see, and ask for PPE or additional training if it is needed.
  5. Speak up. Ask questions if you are uncertain of tasks or procedures that you need to do. Do not accept answers that contain “I guess, I think, I assume”. Be certain.
  6. Exercise care and caution when lifting. Most back, muscle and spinal injuries are from over-straining while lifting, pulling or pushing. Know your limits and do not attempt to exceed them.
  7. Practice good housekeeping. A clean and organized workplace makes for a safer one. Keep your work areas clean and orderly at all times.
  8. Dress sensibly and responsibly for your work. Wearing the proper personal protective clothing and other PPE can save your life. In addition to that avoid wearing loose clothing, dangling jewelry and keep your hair tied back so these items don’t get caught in machinery.

The success of NAOSH Week in your workplace depends on your willingness to participate. Your positive attitude can help encourage others to do so as well and plays a major role in preventing accidents and injuries from happening. All you need is a commitment to make safety a habit, and be consistent in practicing it every day, until this new habit becomes second nature. At the end of the day safety is everyone’s responsibility, including your own, so make safety a habit. Do it for yourself  and for those around you. 

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Safety Signs: 7 Steps to A Safer Workplace

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Work injuries affect everyone. Workers sustain injuries and lose wages while recuperating, and employers take on the high costs of hospital and insurance bills. Not to mention what the company might shell out for a worker’s compensation claim. This makes workplace safety vital to any organization.

It is the responsibility of employers and office managers to make health and safety a top priority for their employees. Ensuring employees are informed about the existing and potential hazards in the facility, and the consequences when exposed to these dangers, is crucial in preventing accidents. One of the easiest and most effective ways to communicate workplace risks is using the appropriate safety signs and markings.

Posting safety signs in your place of work is not only required by law, it also serves as an important protection and accident prevention tool to keep your workers safe from potential work dangers. Safety signs help prevent chaos when disasters happen or when tackling emergency situations. These workplace signs are the quickest and most direct mode of communication between management and the staff in presenting critical safety information.

Before selecting the safety signs for your facility, here are some guidelines to help ensure the safety signs you choose will be utilized to their best capacity:

Step 1: Identify all hazards

First, you need to identify all the potential hazards in your workplace. This includes all industrial areas and offices, as well as public areas and other locations outside of the facility. You need to mark the obvious hazards, and also identify those that are out of the ordinary, unexpected, or not readily evidentWorkplace Safety Signs

Step 2: Choose the right safety signs and labels

Once you have identified all the hazards, you can now determine which safety signs are best suited for your needs. There are ready made safety signs and labels available on the market, or you can design your own. But whatever safety sign you choose, make sure that they comply with Canadian safety regulations, remembering to keep the sign format consistent all throughout the facility.

Step 3: Use proper wording

Sign wording should be easily read and concise. It should contain sufficient information so it can be easily understood. Also, the safety sign wording should be factual and in the positive context to encourage the reader to abide by the message.

Step 4: Position signs carefully

You should strategically post your safety signs so that they are visible and legible from a distance. Positioning them in an area that draws maximum attention to the hazard is ideal. Keep in mind that you may need to relocate signs from time to time when you make alterations that affect the visibility or usefulness of existing signs.

Step 5: Mark all safety and fire protection equipment

You need to ensure that all safely equipment such as eyewash stations and showers are clearly marked with the corresponding safety signs. Make sure all fire equipment is identified with the appropriate signs to make the equipment easy to locate in the event of a fire or disaster.Biohazard safety label

 Step 6: Use safety labels properly and effectively

Safety labels provide an effective means to prevent accidental injury or illness to workers who are exposed to work hazards. It informs the reader of the material or equipment’s hazard status. A safety label’s wording must be legible at a minimum of 5 feet away and must contain information on the potential risks of the equipment or area that are tagged.

Step 7: Review your safety sign and label program whenever there are new work hazards present

For your facility to be truly compliant, you must always keep your safety program up-to-date. You need to review your sign and label program frequently to make sure that it is still applicable to the present conditions of your workplace.

For example, if there are new potential hazards in the facility, new safety signs and labels must be put up immediately. For temporary hazards, labels need to be attached to the hazard to warn employees until such hazard is gone.

No matter the circumstances or situation, a strong safety sign program enhances overall performance of an organization – leading to reduced costs, higher productivity, and employee pride. So it only makes for good business sense to invest in the appropriate safety signs and safety labels for your facility. But to make your safety program truly successful, employers and staff alike must be proactive in ensuring these safety signs are being followed to the letter. Always remember that in the workplace, everyone must do their part to ensure each other’s safety.

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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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