Utilizing Barcodes for Efficiency

Barcodes are an older technology which have been used in many different industries for a very long time. The most well recognized type of barcode is a series of vertical lines of varying degrees of thickness. They can be scanned to provide a computer or other device a set of information, which can then be acted upon. There are many different types of barcodes and related technologies, including the QR code, that work in very …

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What is HAZCOM?

Understanding HAZCOM Standards Organizations all over the world manufacture, import, handle, and store chemicals on a regular basis. Chemicals are used across all types of industries to get all types of jobs done, but some are much more dangerous than others. Harmful chemicals are virtually everywhere; toxic chemicals like ammonia are used in commercial refrigerating, paint gives off volatile organic compounds, and even the gas in your vehicle has the potential to explode. Chemicals can …

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Food Processing Safety

The food processing industry is large and complex, and in most cases requires state or federal safety criteria to be observed during each phase of the food processing workflow. These criteria are often defined by a specific set of rules and regulations depending upon the processes in play. For safety managers to be able to ensure that proper safety protocol is being followed at all times in their facilities, OSHA, the FDA and other local …

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Pipe Marking for Your Facility

Pipe marking is essential to any workplace that transports liquids or substances throughout their facility via pipes. Having an effective pipe marking strategy often requires more than just printing a simple label and putting it on a pipe. Whether it’s ANSI/ASME standards or just tips from the pros, the following are best practices to consider before embarking on your pipe labeling journey. Requirements for Pipe Marking While OSHA has not developed specific requirements when it …

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GHS labels: What you need to know

Hazard communication is often essential to workplace safety, an GHS labels are a cornerstone of HazCom. Originally introduced and developed by the United Nations in 1992, the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals has been required by OSHA since 2012. In this post we look examine each component of a compliant label and how to ensure your facility is aligned with the GHS standard. What’s on a GHS label? No matter …

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Understanding the NFPA Diamond [NFPA 704 Standard]

The “NFPA 704: Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response” is a standard developed and maintained by the National Fire Protection Association. The standard is a system consisting of a label with a “fire diamond” or “safety square” that communicates with both workers and emergency personnel on the severity and other components on nearly any type of chemical container. Paramedics, police officers, and firemen are usually trained to read …

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Arc Flash Safety Requirements

Arc flashes are one of the most dangerous hazards found in a workplace. The potential property damage of an arc flash includes metal on equipment melting, a fire breaking out, or even break windows and splinter wood, and the potential for human injury is extremely serious. Workers who experience an arc flash could be burned badly, be electrocuted, have permanent hearing or eyesight damage, and can be fatal in extreme cases. Although arc flashes can …

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