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A Guide to Safety Labels

March 21, 2019

Workplace safety benefits greatly from a strong visual communication strategy. Utilizing floor marking, wall signs, labels, posters, and other visual tools is important for safety and is even an OSHA requirement in some instances. In this post we will look at the different kinds of safety labels you can make with an industrial label printer and how to get the most out of your labeling efforts.

GHS Labels: Hazardous chemicals must be labeled according to OSHA’s HazCom Standard. Since the alignment with GHS, the labeling requirements for hazardous chemicals are very specific. In order to communicate the relevant and necessary information about the substance, chemical labels must include a hazard statement, a signal word, pictograms, and a precautionary statement.

Electrical Panel Labels: Electrical panels in the workplace must be kept clear and posting a reminder will help you stay in compliance with OSHA standards. One of the best ways to do this is by adhering warning labels onto the panel itself, outlining the space around the electrical panel with floor tape, and installing an industrial floor sign that reads “DO NOT BLOCK.”

Equipment Labels: Although using dangerous machines or equipment may be necessary in a facility, workers should be alerted to potential hazards. Applying labels to the piece of equipment directly helps to clearly communicate possible dangers or the proper safety precautions that must be taken. For instance, if a machine has a crushing hazard, a facility could choose to use a “Warning: Crush Risk” label or a “Caution: Hand Protection Required.”

Arc Flash Labeling: When the risk of arc flash is present, it is important that specific labels are used rather than generic electrical hazard labels. Arc flash labels provide much more detailed information and should be placed on electrical equipment or in areas that are at risk for an arc flash occurring. An arc flash label features a “Warning” header and includes the arc flash rating, the required or recommended PPE, what the arc flash boundary is, and the appropriate hazard category.

When an industrial facility is effectively labeled, workers are kept safer. However, obtaining all the labels you need can be a hassle. If you have a large workplace in need of labeling or are considering a new labeling project, having the ability to print your own labels can make a world of difference. Thermal printers produce high-quality labels and the software that comes with the printer allows you to design professional labels in a matter of minutes. In addition to the vast amount of custom safety labels you can make, you can explore the possibilities of labeling for organization and efficiency.

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