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OSHA Compliant Safety Labels – Pt. 1

Safety labels from an industrial label maker can help you pass an OSHA inspection, and keep employees safe.

An inspection from OSHA could come at any time. Inspections often focus on signs and labeling.

Follow along with this short radio-cast from Dan Clark as he relays the story of a facility safety manager who needed to come up with a plan to get the facility into shape. Dan covers various aspects of the job and duties of that hapless facility safety manager as he begins his journey of trying to find the perfect solution to creating safety labels with an almost non-existent visual workplace budget.


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Dan Clark: So, your knees are knocking because OSHA might show up? Well, don’t worry. Just a little attention to detail will help you pass any inspection.

Hello, I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, tackling health and safety hazards in today’s demanding industrial and construction worksites, a service of Creative Safety Supply.

Let me tell you the story of Antonio Ferraro. He’s a safety manager who used a label maker to comply with OSHA. Antonio was hired by a company as their very first safety manager. They were a very small company, and safety management was something of a hot potato, it was just tossed from manager to manager. From staffer to staffer. Everybody was in charge but nobody was in charge. A real safety mess.

So, Antonio came in and fixed the big problems. He started with a big plan to maintain the equipment. And he made changes in supply stacks—they were stacked so high they could easily fall on somebody.

Antonio had big plans, but he was at his budget limit. He’d used up all of dollars allotted for making safety improvements. So what was he going to do? The first step was to walk through the site with a notepad. Antonio found that most of the safety issues remaining were related to visual cues. Safety signs, labels, things like that. Visuality.

So he had to get some signs and Antonio knew that he needed to get them quickly. Because the facility was in violation and a surprise OSHA inspection could happen at any time.

If he got the signs from a supplier, it would take too long—weeks. Plus it was going to be too expensive. He just did not have the budget.

Then he had a lightbulb moment. He talked to a safety manager friend of his at another site, and they recommended buying and industrial label maker.

This is something Antonio hadn’t even thought of: To be able to print his own safety labels. So he bought the printer with what was left of his budget and was able to crank out all the safety labels in just a couple of days. He made all kinds of signage: high-voltage warnings, AED labels, arc flash, fire extinguishers. And he was even able to create some of the stickers that go on the floor to direct vehicle drivers.

Antonio chose the LabelTac ® 4 PRO printer, which allows you to print predesigned standard labels or you can create your own or modify either way. The LabelTac ® 4 PRO printer is from Creative Safety Supply, one of our sponsors. We’d love to see you support our sponsors but any industrial pro printer will resolve your potential-inspection-jitters.

A story wouldn’t be a story without some conflict. So, guess what. When he was don’t labeling his facility, OSHA did show up! And I’ll leave you with that cliffhanger.

Check out the second part of this podcast where we’ll see how well Antonio’s OSHA inspection went. Come back for more ways to stay safety compliant in today’s ever-changing landscape of safety requirements. I’m Dan Clark of The Safety Brief, a service of Creative Safety Supply. See their website at


OSHA provides information on new GHS labeling and pictogram standards. 

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