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Understanding Australian Pipe Marking Standards (AS 1345-1995)

Understanding Australian Pipe Marking Standards (AS 1345-1995)

AS 1345-1995 is the Australian pipe marking standard providing a consistent system for identifying the content of pipes and ducts in the workplace. By understanding and following applicable labeling standards, workers are able to quickly identify a pipe’s contents and take the proper safety measures. The standard was developed by Standards Australia—basically the Australian equivalent

Robots, Automation, and Workplace Safety: 7 Common Hazards

Robots, Automation, and Workplace Safety: 7 Common Hazards

It’s been more than thirty years since OSHA published Guidelines for Robotics Safety in 1987. Since then, automated systems and are robots are used in all kinds of industries to complete all types of jobs – from material handling to fabrication to security. Robotics have given companies the chance to dramatically increase operational efficiency while

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

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

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,

Pipe Marking Season: Auditing Your Facility’s Pipes

Pipe Marking Season: Auditing Your Facility’s Pipes

Spring is just around the corner. As we leave behind the freezing temperatures and enter a new season, we also usher in the beginning of Pipe Marking Season. With longer days and spring cleaning in mind, it is the opportune time to evaluate your pipes and ensure they are properly labeled. If you are not

Is your business compliant with Proposition 65?

Is your business compliant with Proposition 65?

August 30th, 2018 is the official day that new Prop 65 regulations will take effect. Originally enacted in 1986 as the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, Proposition 65 works to inform those in California of potentially hazardous chemicals present in products or areas. There are a wide variety of chemicals (both naturally occurring

Wrong Ways to Use Floor Tape

Wrong Ways to Use Floor Tape

Using floor tape is a great way to keep your facility better organized, safer, and in compliance with many regulations. Floor tape is an easy-to-use option that is fairly quick to install and can last for years without any significant problems. Floor tape is only a good solution, however, if it is used properly. There

It’s Pipe Marking Season! Get All Your Pipe Marking Resources in One Place

It’s Pipe Marking Season! Get All Your Pipe Marking Resources in One Place

Now that spring has arrived and everything is thawing out, it’s the perfect time to take stock of your facility’s pipe labels. Maybe your labels took a beating over the winter and could use some cleaning. Maybe they’ve been in place for many years and are starting to look worn. Maybe you just haven’t thought about

OSHA’s Training Program Operating Efficiently According to GAO

OSHA’s Training Program Operating Efficiently According to GAO

  In addition to providing regulations, guidelines, and inspections, OSHA also offers an important training and education service, known as the Outreach Training Program. In fiscal year 2016, this program reached almost 900,000 workers and provided them with important training on a wide range of topics related to occupational hazard recognition and prevention. According to

The Recipe for Complete Lockout Tagout

The Recipe for Complete Lockout Tagout

When looking to improve the safety of employees and the overall facility during maintenance and other work on machines, there are few things better than the lockout tagout system. This system is designed specifically to prevent accidents and injuries when personnel are working in and around potentially dangerous machines. For example, if someone is going

5 Tips to Improve the Elimination of Waste

5 Tips to Improve the Elimination of Waste

Elimination of Waste Whether you are implementing a specific program like Lean or 5S to help improve efficiency or you are just looking for a way to eliminate waste in your facility, it is a good idea to look at what has worked for other companies in the past.  Fortunately, there is a lot of

GHS Labeling – The Do’s and Don’ts

GHS Labeling – The Do’s and Don’ts

Globally Harmonized System Labeling Globally Harmonized System (GHS) labeling is an important requirement in many facilities. Whether you are looking to implement GHS labeling in a facility for the first time or you are just updating your current visual communication standards it is important to get everything right. In addition to helping to ensure your

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