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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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.

“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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