Written by Steve Hudgik
Industrial safety includes safety in any type of manufacturing or production environment. Based on OSHA reports some types of safety violations continue at the top of the list year after year. These include falls, hazard communications, lockout/tagout and powered industrial truck accidents. A key to improving industrial safety is to target these areas - and the foundation of industrial safety is training and communication.
Of course, the basics of industrial safety need to be addressed. If a safety hazard can be eliminated, it should be eliminated. There should be all necessary guarding, shields and barriers. But the last and best line of defense is to have well trained employees and an effective safety communication system.
A trained employee knows the proper safety procedures to follow. But in a changing industrial setting they'll also be able to recognize safety hazards and know what they need to do. Just following safety procedures by rote, without thinking, is an industrial safety disaster waiting to happen. Many accidents happen because people go about their daily activities without thinking, just following habits. When something changes - the potential for an accident is high.
What is needed are employees who are thinking. Who know how to recognize an unsafe condition and do something about it (such as immediately report it to their supervisor AND stay away). Awareness and appropriate safety behavior comes from training and a culture of safety.
This means the fundamental solution to industrial safety problems is effective training from the top to the bottom of the organization.
The second prong of the fundamentals of industrial safety is effective communication. Having effective communication means having the information workers need at the point where they need it. It must be presented in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. It must address the specific safety hazard. And it must be in a form that will continue functioning, without failure, year after year. This is most effectively done using labels and signs.
When thinking about industrial safety labels and signs, think BIG. Bigger labels and signs are significantly more effective in communicating their message.
Big says, "Look at me!"
Big says, "I have an important message!"
Big says, "Don't ignore me! Read me!"
A common size for an industrial safety label is 4" x 6". Why? Because this is commonly the largest size die-cut label available for custom label printers. It's not because it is the best size. It's because it is the size that was available. DuraLabel has changed that with die-cut health and safety labels up to 8.8" x 12.8" in size. This is 4-1/2 times larger! This means you can use whatever size label is appropriate to deliver the needed message. You can have custom safety messages right where they are needed most, at the location where the safety hazard exists. Plus workers can be well informed about hazards in the area, as well as hazards at each specific location.
Having a custom printer, such as a DuraLabel 9000 improves industrial safety by allowing you to make custom safety signs with messages that address each specific hazard. You can provide specific warnings and instructions for any situation. And you can make the labels and signs you need when you need them.
Call 1-888-326-9244 today and ask about special DuraLabel 9000 safety labeling kits. You'll be glad you did.