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Safety isn't a slogan, it's a way of life.

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Failure to comply with OSHA regulations regarding electrical hazards carries a steep price – both in terms of citations issued and in employee injuries and deaths.
 

Signage in the workplace is a great way to not only promote cleanliness and minimize confusion, but also basic safety. Just like marking proper exits throughout your facility, identifying the contents in pipes is crucial. With proper pipe labeling, you can effectively inform others about the substances carried through pipelines, so they can continue to work safely.  

You already know confined spaces are potentially dangerous work zones – shouldn’t they all have permit required tags, then?

Many workplaces contain small spaces that are otherwise unsafe and considered “confined” because they obstruct the activities of employees. By design confined spaces have limited openings for entry and exit and are not intended for continuous worker occupancy.

OSHA's Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica

Every year, nearly 2.3 million workers are exposed to the hazardous substance of silica in their workplace, according to OSHA. That’s why The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule to curb lung cancer, silicosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney disease in America's workers.

Let’s explore the early days of safety signs to discover their true impact 

One commonly cited OSHA statistic claims that 13 work-related deaths occur every day.  Based on this shocking figure, you may have questioned the importance of safety signs, since serious injuries still occur in the workplace. 

The truth is, if safety signs were nonexistent, no one would know about potential hazards and the amount of injuries would escalate dramatically.

A world without safety signs

If you have determined that it is time to add Reflective to the list of features of your safety signs or hard hat stickers, you will want to remember the following:

There are four main versions of reflective material that are used either as they are (adhesive backed) or applied to some kind of rigid substrate.  They are: Engineering Grade Reflective, Dialectically Safe Reflective, Diamond Grade Reflective, and Hi-Intensity Prismatic Reflective.

How to choose the correct material for the application

Does this sound familiar?  You have been assigned to update the labeling in your facility. You identify a hazard with a failing, previously installed tag or sign; the environment is bad, you have grease, dust, and potential chemical spills. What do you do? You know a paper tag is not going to hold up.  Obviously, the previously installed plastic material has only lasted a few months.