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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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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Keep an Eye on Safety with ANSI z87.1

Eyes are one of the most vulnerable organs of the human body, and as an employer you areobligated to keep your workers safe, including their eyes. Providing compliant and effective personal protective equipment (PPE) can dramatically reduce the chance of eye injury and even vision loss. Whether your workplace is a construction site, a laboratory, or a manufacturing warehouse, there are a number of hazards the eye faces. Fortunately, the ANSI z87.1 standard was developed …

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Safety Signs in the Workplace

Hazard and visual communication are essential to safety in the workplace. Hazard communication encompasses all types of signs and labels: caution signs, danger, notice, warning, and safety instruction signs. ANSI Standards The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has developed some of the most widely adopted standards used in the workplace. One of the essential set of standards is the ANSI Z535 series, regarding the design of safety signs and labels. The components include colors used, …

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