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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Friday, July 15, 2011

OSHA and GHS Work in Tandem to Warn Workers About Workplace Safety

While most know that OSHA 1910-145 requires safety signs to indicate specific hazards which may lead to accidental injury to employees and/or the public or lead to property damage, it’s always useful to review the basics:

According to OSHA, danger signs should be red, white and black. Caution signs must be yellow, black and white. Safety instruction signs need to be green and white. The sign’s wording should be easily read, concise, and contain sufficient information to be easily interpreted. Wording should make a positive, rather than negative suggestion and should be accurate. OSHA requires signs to have rounded or blunt corners and be free of sharp edges, burrs, splinters or other sharp projections. OSHA also specifies that the methods of attaching the sign to a wall, post or other supporting material must not cause a hazard.

If you don’t follow OSHA standards, you’re facing possible injury or deaths as well as possibly huge fines. Your signs and labels must always be there to communicate potentially lifesaving messages quickly and effectively.

There’s no reason to settle for basic, run of the mill safety signs when you can have highly effective custom signs that won’t peel off after rain storms, fade after years in the sun and be instantly visible during emergency evacuations.

Because our customers demand super high-performance signs and labels, we’ve already developed more than 50 unique labeling supplies.

DuraLabel Labeling Supplies & Innovations
New labeling supplies are developed to solve specific dilemmas. These may include adhesion problems, chemical resistance or abrasion properties.

Specially engineered supplies have been developed for lasting performance on surfaces like oily drums, near electrical circuits or even on freezing pipes. For example, DuraLabel poly cling tape supply uses a special, proprietary bonding layer that feels like a permanent bond, yet the label can be removed and repositioned time and time again.

Other DuraLabel innovations include:

• Improved printer technology for printer portability and more durable labels
• Advanced adhesives to label difficult surfaces like plastic, brick and wood
• New materials to withstand harsh environments
• Color coded wire and cable markings indicate different uses such as grounding, hot wiring and utility locations
• Economical, custom color labels on continuous rolls
• Non-adhesive labels which can be easily reused for temporary applications
• Support products such as mobile print stations, printer carts and application sprays

High performance safety labeling supplies are available for every budget, weather condition and application one might encounter.

Labeling chemical hazards has international ramifications as chemicals are often transported across borders. That’s where the Global Harmonized System (GHS) comes into play.

In August, OSHA will release the final rules on the new GHS which was created to enhance the protection of human health and the environment by providing an internationally comprehensible system. The standard label elements in the GSH are:

• Symbols (hazard pictograms) convey health, physical and environmental hazard information, assigned to a GHS hazard class and category
• Signal words such as “Danger” or “Warning” emphasize hazards and indicate the relative level of severity of the hazard, assigned to a GHS hazard class and category
• Hazard statements or standardized phrases assigned to a hazard class and category that describe the nature of the hazard
• Product identifiers
• Supplier identification
• Supplemental information

According to OSHA, products falling within the scope of the GHS will carry the GHS label at the point where they are supplied to the workplace, and that label should be maintained on the supplied container in the workplace. The GHS label or label elements can also be used for workplace containers (e.g., storage tanks). Employers may use alternative means of giving workers the same information in a different written or displayed format when such a format is more appropriate to the workplace and communicates the information as effectively as the GHS label. For example, label information could be displayed in the work area, rather than on the individual containers. Some examples of workplace situations where chemicals may be transferred from supplier containers include: containers for laboratory testing, piping or process reaction systems or temporary containers.

Whether you’re a safety manager in the UK or a facility manager from Ohio, consistent use of safety signs play a critical role in reducing injuries and saving lives at industrial facilities. For more information, visit http://www.duralabel.com/

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