Preventing Accidents by Improving Crane Safety

6 min read Cranes are among the most important pieces of machinery ever invented. They allow the construction and manufacturing of many things that would simply be impossible without them. That being said, they can also be extremely dangerous if they are not properly used. If your company relies on cranes for any type of work, it is important to develop a comprehensive crane safety strategy that is implemented and followed at all times. It is not enough …

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A Brief Introduction to Personal Protective Equipment

Worker wearing PPE

2 min read PPE includes goggles that prevent debris from entering the eye, hard hats that protect workers from falling objects, rubber gloves resistant to electric currents, and any other type of equipment or garment designed to be worn for protection. When other safety measures fail and a worker comes in contact with a hazard, PPE will be the last line of defense protecting the employee from harm. There is personal protective equipment for virtually every part of …

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Labeling Materials for Your Food Processing Facility

Food Processing Facility Labeling

3 min read Food processing in general often entails using harsh liquids both for cleaning of the food and freezing purposes. The byproduct or results of using those fluids is often the creation of debris and unwanted elements in the food processing environment which then need to be disposed of. It is, in many cases, the residue of these elements that create what we can call a harsh, sometimes caustic environment. To properly handle, dispose of, or avoid …

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Creating Arc Flash Labels

creating arc flash labels

3 min read Multiple methods exist for helping you determine the content of arc flash labels. Some companies choose to use software to calculate incident energy, some consult the calculations in the appendices of the NFPA 70E, some refer to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) guide—IEEE 1584-2002: Guide for Performing Arc Flash Calculations—and others hire electrical engineering firms to assist them. Any of these methods is acceptable. It is the employer’s responsibility, though, to make …

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A Guide to GHS Pictograms

6 min read A compliant GHS label has all six required components: contact information, product identifier, a signal word, hazard statement(s), precautionary statement(s), and hazard pictogram(s). Pictograms graphically represent a chemical’s hazards. The GHS pictograms used for packaging labels are built out of two elements: a red diamond and a black image. The space between these two elements should be white. GHS Pictograms for Packaging  When chemicals are shipped in boxes or other larger containers, these 9 GHS …

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Creating Pipe Marking Labels

Creating Pipe Marking Labels

3 min read Labeling the contents of pipes in a facility is essential to safety and can help you keep track of what’s in each pipe and where it’s going. Pipe marking is commonly done through auditing the pipes in the workplace and placing an order in a catalog or online for the labels you need. That can be a great option if you only have a handful of pipes, but for larger facilities or workplaces with hundreds …

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What are the 5S’s?

What are the 5S

3 min read 5S is popular methodology in Lean workplaces, specifically manufacturing. It is much more than an organizational tool, but rather a tool that helps facilities increase sales, reduce costs, and gives organizations a bit of an edge. Following each step of the 5S process thoroughly and with attention to detail, you will be able to remove clutter from the workspace while creating an efficient environment for workers. 5S – The Phases Sort Sorting is the process …

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The Importance of Forklift Operator Training

Forklift Operator Safety

2 min read The cornerstone of any good safety program is training, and the same is true for powered industrial vehicle (forklift) safety. Any person who operates a forklift is required by OSHA to take a training program set up by his or her employer. It is up to the employer to ensure that this training includes general safe principles of truck operation, the types of trucks used, the hazards of the vehicle, and the safety requirements of …

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Kaizen in the Workplace

3 min read Kaizen is both a methodology and a philosophy that can be found in Lean businesses, facilities, and organizations. The term Kaizen is from Japan and is a term meaning continuous improvement. It is integral to the Toyota Production System uses a variety of Lean tools and strategies. The idea of continuous improvement is one that includes smaller and incremental changes are constantly made to improve efficiency and processes in the business. What is Kaizen? While …

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LabelTac Support: Including the LabelTac 4 Pro User Manual

3 min read Having an industrial label printer on-site can make your labeling projects quick and simple, and having the option to customize means you can create virtually any type of label you can think of. Purchasing a label printer for your industrial workplace for the first time may seem a little daunting, but the level of support you receive with your purchase of the LabelTac 4 Pro is unmatched and unbeatable. In this post we will explore …

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