Color Coding For Safety

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2 min read This is a surprise! OSHA does NOT have requirements for safety color coding in the workplace. But ANSI does. The American National Standards Institute suggests labeling areas with seven colors for safety or organizational categories. Use the same color scheme throughout your facility, using only a few colors. Consistency and simplicity make it easier for workers to remember. Employees should have regular training on the color meanings. Colored safety tape on floors should be durable …

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Safety Housekeeping

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3 min read This is the story of tragedy that could have been avoided with better safety housekeeping. Here, we detail a fatal accident at a sugar refinery in Wyoming, and review of the OSHA citations. A Gemba walk by managers, or a safety inspection by employees, could have identified the easily-resolved problems. Safety housekeeping is absolutely essential. No system in place to identify even minor safety problems? It’s time to establish one, and fix issues right away. …

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Facility Safety – 10 FAQs

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4 min read Dan has compiled the 10 most common signage and labeling questions asked about keeping workers safe and avoiding fines. These questions are from a wide range of industries. The answers are a good starting resource for any professional concerned about facility safety. The size of signs. The colors of signs. OSHA compliance. NFPA vs. GHS. Lockout/tagout. Arc flash labeling. Confined space labeling. It’s all here. Handwritten vs. printed labels, what is required? The answer is …

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Universal Safety Standards

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3 min read Will universal safety standards cause more problems than they solve? Implementing rules across cultures and languages will have benefits, but also potential issues. GHS, the Globally Harmonized System of labeling hazardous chemicals is one example of standardized visual warnings being adopted worldwide. The United Nations began planning the program in 1992, and hoped to have it engaged by 2008. Many countries have yet to embrace it. Proponents of GHS and other systems say that all …

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Mine Safety

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3 min read Mining companies and miners must always be involved with mine safety. The past few generations of miners have had many safety improvements, but more are needed. Companies and miners should prevent cave-ins with proper ground control, including pillar design, roof supports and horizontal stress supports. Confined space fire and explosions can be minimized by keeping flammables isolated and labeled. Fire suppression systems and well-labeled evacuation routes are critical. Electrical mine safety can prevent fires and …

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Reducing Workplace Injuries

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3 min read ALL injuries equal, or add up to, a loss of money for every company. And imagine how much money. The U.S. Centers For Disease Control And Prevention says there are 3.6 million work-related injuries treated in emergency rooms each year. These kind of stats point towards the job (no pun intended) that employers have in making sure their workers stay safe at all times. There are various ways to accomplish that task and our Safety …

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OSHA Compliant Safety Labels – Pt. 1

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3 min read 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 …

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OSHA Compliant Safety Labels – Pt. 2

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3 min read Choosing the right safety label maker for your facility’s safety program is an important job. Many safety managers are given the hard task of updating their facility but are given a very limited, if any, budget to do it with. Because every penny counts and more importantly the investments need to last a long time and keep on providing a high quality service at an ongoing low price, the purchase decision for a good thermal …

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