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Warning Signs for the Warehouse Floor

Warning Signs for the Warehouse Floor

Signs are posted in just about every workplace alerting workers of safety practices, precautions, security guidelines, warehouse rules, safety instructions, etc. Banners are hung from warehouse shelves stating how many days the facility has been free from an accident and labels are adhered to dangerous machines – but these messages can become easily overlooked. Ensure

New Year’s Resolutions for Staying Safe in 2020

New Year’s Resolutions for Staying Safe in 2020

The beginning of the new year offers a great opportunity to not only evaluate our personal performance, but our professional performance as well. It’s possible to create a better quality of life in the workplace; there’s always room for improvement, bad habits to kick, and small changes to make. Consider the year that’s now behind

Safe Forklift Operation: Expert Tips for Parking

Safe Forklift Operation: Expert Tips for Parking

Did you know more than 200 forklift-related injuries occur every day in the United States? Powered industrial trucks make speedy material handling possible and have been a fixture in warehouses for decades. There are dozens of standards and regulations regarding the operation of a forklift and even more safe driving tips from the experts, but

New Changes in GHS Revision 8  (Published 2019)

New Changes in GHS Revision 8 (Published 2019)

Every two years, the United Nations’ GHS Purple Book receives an update. The Purple Book is the official guiding document for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). It provides framework for GHS adoption, defines the system for hazard classification, and includes guidance on labeling requirements. The 8th revised edition of

OSHA Safe + Sound Week 2019

OSHA Safe + Sound Week 2019

OSHA’s year-round campaign kicks off their third annual nationwide event, Safe + Sound Week this month on August 12. This year’s event is focused on recognizing and celebrating the successes of businesses who have implemented safety programs. OSHA hopes to encourage businesses to refresh existing programs, and for workplaces without a safety and health program,

Machine Guarding (Safety Requirements + Expert Tips)

Machine Guarding (Safety Requirements + Expert Tips)

Machinery-related injuries can be devastating. Those operating or maintaining unguarded machines are at risk for crushed hands and arms, severed limbs and fingers, abrasions, amputations, and lacerations, or even death. Industries using dangerous machines (like power saws or milling machines) are required to eliminate or control any preset hazards. Machine guards serve as a safeguard

Addressing Lockout/Tagout for National Electrical Safety Month

Addressing Lockout/Tagout for National Electrical Safety Month

Since May is National Electrical Safety Month, it’s the perfect time to address common electrical hazards in your workplace. One of the most important components of electrical safety is the control of hazardous energy, AKA lockout/tagout. Electrical energy can be fatal when accidentally released, and employees are at risk for shock, burns, electrocution, or other

Managing Inventory with Rack Labels

Managing Inventory with Rack Labels

With rows and rows of aisles and shelves, operating an efficient warehouse can be a difficult and complex task. There is a considerable amount of planning that takes place in the development of a warehouse management process, but rack labeling is a simple and cost-effective way to control inventory. Facilitating the flow of inventory, keeping

Are you up to date with OSHA?

Are you up to date with OSHA?

OSHA works to assure safe and healthy working conditions and uses their authority to keep regulations and standards up to date. Below we have compiled some updates from the agency this year and what changes may be in the future. Higher Fines OSHA penalties were updated earlier this year and apply to any citation issued

Improving Facility Safety With a Visual Communication Strategy

Improving Facility Safety With a Visual Communication Strategy

Visual communication fosters a strong safety culture in the workplace. Visual communication reinforces training, displays best practices, suggests safe operating guidelines, and keeps workers aware of hazards.  Visual cues like signs and floor tape help to quickly communicate important information in a matter of seconds. Implementing a visual communication strategy is relatively inexpensive, but the

Pipe Marking for Anhydrous Ammonia

Pipe Marking for Anhydrous Ammonia

Anhydrous ammonia is widely used in food production as a cost-effective refrigerant. Although efficient, ammonia is a very dangerous chemical that can pose serious risks to those working with, or around, the substance. The corrosive properties of ammonia are extremely hazardous to human health; within just a few seconds of contact, it can burn, blister,

The Importance of Valve Tags in Pipe Marking

The Importance of Valve Tags in Pipe Marking

An effective pipe marking strategy is more than just labels—it also includes the use of valve tags. While valve tags are not required by the ANSI/ASME pipe identification standard, they are an important visual tool that can improve safety and efficiency in the facility by reducing the risk of spills, accidents, and workplace injuries caused

The IEEE 1584 2018 Update: What’s Changed and Why It Matters

The IEEE 1584 2018 Update: What’s Changed and Why It Matters

In 2002, the unveiling of the IEEE 1584 guide was unprecedented. For the first time, an internationally recognized standard existed to calculated arcing short circuit currents, incident energy, and arc flash boundary. The standard was revolutionary, and was thanks to the hard work and tireless research done by electric engineers driven to reduce arc flash

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