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.

SIGNS

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!

Points to Consider When Choosing Sign Posts

Sign PostsSigns remind us where we are and where we are headed. Without signs, there would be utter chaos in the streets and highways. Navigation would be virtually impossible in our complex modern world.

Sign posts, bases and stanchions are just as important as the signs they hold up. Without proper accessories and hardware, your signs might just as well be as temporary as a cardboard marker that flies away with a sudden gust of wind.

Traffic Sign Posts

Road signs are especially vulnerable to weather conditions, graffiti, and accidents. You need strong sign posts that can withstand these elements if you don’t want to keep spending money trying to replace your signs.

According to the Manual of Standard Traffic Signs & Pavement Markings by the Ministry of Transportation and Highways in British Columbia, traffic sign posts may be made of wood, metal or plastic, though they recommend plastic be used for highway delineators only.

The ministry also recommends:

  • To position signs against the wind, plowed snow and be high enough to discourage displacement by vandals
  • To install signs behind barriers or breakaway footings to prevent vehicles from hitting them
  • To drill a hole through a 15 cm x 15 cm (6 sq in) post above ground to allow breakage if hit (in accordance with Standard Specifications for Highway Construction)
  • To check for underground utility lines before excavation
  • To ensure concrete sign bases are level and are behind roadside barriers
  • To install more than 1 post for large signs at least 1.2 me wide
  • To install uniform posts (same material and style) across highway sections for aesthetic purposes

Types of Sign Posts

The market offers a variety of sign posts to choose from. There are permanent posts that you can drive through the ground using a post driver and there are portable sign systems with stable bases you could position in different locations around your facility.

Permanent Sign Posts

There are different materials, sizes, and styles of permanent sign posts. There are u-channel posts which are made of perforated galvanized steel or dry coat steel, tubular posts made of rust-proof steel, and fixed-base posts that can be mounted on the ground using bolts.

Temporary Sign Posts

Portable sign posts can be made of rubber, cast iron, polyethylene, etc. These sign posts are especially useful for facility driveways and parking lots.

Flexible Sign Posts

Flexible sign posts are ideal for locations where vehicle impact is expected. These special posts bend and bounce right back up after contact with vehicles.

 

Sign PostsReflective Sign Posts

Reflective panels on posts and bases increase visibility that’s critical during low light and night time conditions. The reflectivity allows drivers to avoid hitting signs that may cause unnecessary damage to both vehicle and sign post.  Reflective sign post options are recommended for areas with high vehicular traffic.

Signs are incomplete without the proper sign posts to hold it up. Consider these points when choosing sign posts for your facilities, streets, or highways.

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