7 steps for the security marking of the entire facility https://www.automation.com/files/pluginfiles/item_99747/field_376/gpcp_reg.jpg
By Kelsey Rzepecki, Graphic Products
Before you begin work, it is important to examine your facility for safety hazards. Consistent and effective labeling in accordance with OSHA and other industry regulations is essential to prevent workplace injuries, costly downtime, workers' compensation and fines.
You can do this by prioritizing safety as a priority and communicating hazards and safety notices with effective signs and labels. Begin by performing an asset safety review and evaluating all operations, equipment, and workspaces. Here are the main areas to keep in mind when following general industries:
Each facility has different requirements and limitations, but a secure work environment is required for all workstations. Everyone in your institution needs to understand the message that each character conveys. OSHA helps describe how safety signs should be used and where they should be installed. Stick to OSHA and ANSI.
Piping System Identification
If your system has a piping system, make sure personnel are safe and aware of hazards of pipe contents by marking all piping and piping components. Clear labeling can also increase the safety and efficiency of maintenance and shutdown operations. Easy compliance with ANSI / ASME A13.1 standards for general pipe marking.
Electrical Equipment and Safety
The general electrical safety requirements are reflected in the ten most frequent OSHA violations from year to year. In addition to OSHA regulations, NFPA 70E is the industry standard for occupational safety. Prevent injury from electrical hazards by clearly identifying all panels and components. Display voltage readings, arc warnings, electrical safety clearances, and important safety precautions such as lock / tagging.
Because every workstation is different, you may need to customize electrical signs and signage. Due to the different rules for marking equipment, it may be difficult to keep track of what is required. Determine the consumables you need to equip your controls and components according to regulations.
Eliminates the risk to workers in emergencies. Make sure your workplace is prepared for a potential disaster by effectively planning and preparing to minimize business losses. Learn about emergency planning components and equip your facility with important emergency signs and markers. Use checklists to identify your facility's needs and to understand the elements of an OSHA-mandated Emergency Action Plan (EAP).
Workers must know and understand all the chemical hazards they are working with. Identify all dangerous chemicals present in the workplace and label them clearly according to OSHA's preferred labeling approach, based on the international GHS system. Understand the ingredients of the GHS label and make a compliant chemical label.
Organize your day-to-day operations and workspaces by implementing lean manufacturing tools such as the 5S system. Improve workplace efficiency by organizing facilities. Install effective visuals to empower workers to clearly and accurately identify locations, equipment, procedures, hazards, inventories, and tools.
OSHA requires regular inspection of all running and working surfaces to ensure that they are clean, safe and accessible (29 CFR 1910.22). Consistent and clear markings help improve overall efficiency and safety, especially in warehouse environments. Improve safety and improve floor marking to identify work zones, mark aisles and alert staff to danger zones.
Label Placement and Visual Solutions
All signs and labels should be legible and visible at all times. Proper placement of the label will help and may reduce the risk of misunderstandings and possible injuries. For Effective Label Positioning:
- Place labels and signs at eye level for a clear view from a normal approach angle.
- Color coding labels to make them more recognizable from a distance.
- Apply ground markers to communicate messages in hard-to-identify areas.
- Improve safety awareness and navigation everywhere with thoughtful pathfinding.
Ensure safety and compliance by performing regular plant safety checks to identify new hazards and conditions, and always have a plan to mitigate them. Also, make sure that labels are intact, readable, and accurate.
Use high quality labels designed for a variety of harsh industrial environments to ensure durable labels. This saves you the ongoing replacement costs and your overall result. With ready-made labels and signs that contain a variety of general safety instructions for common industrial applications, you can immediately improve safety.
About the Author
Kelsey Rzepecki writes for Graphic Products, manufacturer of the DuraLabel line for industrial label and sign printer.Did you like this article?
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