Having a label printer in a warehouse or facility has so many benefits! From creating labels in-house to customizing all types of printers, you can truly turn your desk or workbench into a sign shop. LabelTac printers are developed to create durable, professional looking labels in just a matter of minutes. Different workplaces have different needs when it comes to choosing an industrial labeling system. Many variables go into this choice including print speed, budget, size of the printer, etc. Today we will be looking at the entry level option of the LabelTac series of industrial label printers: the LabelTac 4 Printer.
LabelTac 4 Printer
Why the LabelTac 4 Printer?
Out of the entire line of LabelTac printers, the LabelTac 4 is the most compact and most budget-friendly making it the “entry level” model of the LabelTac series. Although the bigger printers may be recommended for larger print jobs, the LabelTac 4 printer is still capable of printing up to 500 labels in a single day and can print four inches per second. The printer itself weighs less than five pounds, meaning it can be transported quickly and used in all areas of a workplace.
LabelTac printers produce labels that can withstand the elements of an industrial workplace. These labels will not fade or smudge whether they’re placed outside or in. The high-quality LabelTac ribbon ensures whatever text or symbols printed on the label cannot be scratched out and will stay readable for many years to come. The LabelTac 4 Printer can print labels from ½” to 4” in width, and up to 40 inches long. The regular adhesive vinyl supply is perfect for adhering to the mall, a machine, or most types of equipment. There is however, a variety of supplies you can purchase that use static cling, magnetic, or temporary backing.
There are many different applications for using a LabelTac 4 printer, giving you the opportunity to design and create a variety of different labels quickly. From first aid labels and signs, to OSHA compliant danger signs, you can increase safety awareness with visual communication. The LabelTac 4 Printer is ideal for pipe marking projects, 5S projects, creating tags, and much more; the options are virtually endless!
The series of LabelTac printers all feature a full lifetime warranty, the intuitive LabelSuite software, and lifetime support from the labeling experts at Creative Safety Supply, all free of charge! Whether you need help troubleshooting or have a pressing label question, they are here to help. The LabelSuite software is full of symbols and templates to create professional grade custom labels, or you can start from scratch.
If you are considering purchasing an industrial label printer, the LabelTac 4 Printer is an excellent entry level printer to get you started! It can still handle large printing projects, and will produce clear and durable labels.
Choosing the right industrial labeling system for your facility can be a tricky choice, and the LabelTac series of printers offer several different models to choose from. Whether you will be producing labels in bulk or are in the market to complete a pipe labeling project, LabelTac ensures labels created with their system will be durable and professional grade. Today we will look at the LabelTac Pro X Printer in particular.
Why the LabelTac Pro X Printer
The LabelTac Pro X can create labels up to 4” in width and features an all-new design. Some included features specific to this model includes:
• Expanded ribbon capacity: The expanded capacity means users can print hundreds of labels before having to change the ribbon.
• LCD display screen: This 3.5” screen will make it quick and easy for the user to determine how much print ribbon remains with just a glance.
• Lightweight and compact: This model of printer weighs less than 10 pounds, making transporting it easy and the compact desktop design allows users to create labels with a mobile label printing station.
• Fast printing: Have your labels instantly! The LabelTac Pro X printer features a print speed of eight inches per second.
The entire series of LabelTac printers benefit from the LabelTac supply and ribbon, which will ensure the labels you print are rich in color and durable in industrial environments. Your LabelTac printer purchase will include everything you need to use the printer for many years to come.
• Warranty: Each LabelTac printer includes a full lifetime warranty, at no cost to you. Warranty features includes a true lifetime protection that can be transferred to any new owners. The warranty covers all parts, labor, and shipping costs. And if you need to send your printer back in for any repairs, Creative Safety Supply will provide you with a free optional loaner printer to minimize any downtime you may face.
• Lifetime support: Need help installing your LabelTac printer or just looking for some advice on creating labels? You can contact the helpful and knowledgeable experts at Creative Safety Supply will help answer any questions you may have.
• LabelSuite software: At a $299 value, the intuitive software comes with updates for life, free of charge. This easy-to-use software is chock full of templates and symbols, from HAZCOM all the way to Lean manufacturing, you will find exactly what your facility needs.
Safety labels are just the beginning of what you can use your LabelTac printer for. Create OSHA compliant labels, pipe markings, cable markings, rack/barcoding labels, 5S labels, and arc flash labels quickly and easily. No matter the type of labeling project you are looking to embark on, the LabelTac Pro X Printer is an excellent option.
The LabelTac series of printers can create custom labels for any type of labels a facility could need. LabelTac labels are durable and can last for many years to come. Whether they are OSHA-compliant labels or 5S labels, these printers produce long-lasting and beautiful labels. LabelTac labels are extremely durable, tear-resistant, smudge proof, and the letters and symbols will not be scratched off.
What kind of LabelTac labels can you create?
Check out all the different types of LabelTac labels that can be made in a matter of minutes and customized for your specific workplace:
Safety labels: One of the most common uses of the LabelTac printing system is to create safety labels. Each LabelTac printer comes with LabelSuite software free of charge (normally a $299 value). This software is loaded with safety symbols and templates, ranging from OSHA headers to templates that can be custom-made and saved for future uses. LabelTac labels are printed with no smudging or smearing, ensuring the labels are crystal clear. Safety labels can be directly placed on equipment and machinery, or you can adhere the label to a PVC or aluminum sign blank to create a custom safety sign right in your own facility.
Organizational labels: Many people use a small household label printer to print labels and organize around the house, this technique can be carried over to large facilities or warehouses. If you think about it, virtually anything could be labeled. From bins and racks to forklifts and cranes, labels can help organize a workplace.
GHS labels: GHS die-cut labels are extremely helpful for workplaces handling chemicals. These die-cut labels are pre-cut and peel from the backing like a sticker, making the process of GHS labeling quick and easy. The roll of GHS labels is pre-printed with the GHS diamonds and come in one, two, three, and four diamond options. LabelSuite already has the approved GHS pictograms in its library, so you just simply pick the suitable pictogram, place it in the diamond, and then have a compliant and professional looking GHS label.
NFPA labels: Similar to GHS labels, you can purchase pre-printed labels that feature the NFPA multicolor diamond. These blank diamonds give the user the option to create custom NFPA labels that are accurate for your facility.
Barcode labels: One of the neatest features of the LabelTac is the option to insert barcodes or QR codes that can be edited in the LabelSuite software. Assign data to barcodes and create an effective barcoding system in your workplace. Facility processes can be made more efficient with a tracking system utilizing barcodes.
The variety of LabelTac supplies that are offered means you can design and create LabelTac labels for any types of surface. When you need a temporary labeling option, magnetic labeling label supply is an ideal choice. Static cling labels are also perfect for temporary labeling situations for non-magnetic surfaces. Other varieties of supply include extreme temperature resistant supply, supply that can adhere to oily surfaces, and supply that features aggressive high-tack adhesive.
Whatever signage or label needs your facility is looking for, LabelTac labels are a fantastic solution. Create custom and beautiful labels in-house for whatever needs your workplace has.
Having a LabelTac printer in a facility makes it easy to create custom signs and labels for all around the workplace. Making labels in-house can keep your workplace OSHA compliant, safer, and more organized. The printer and LabelTac software gives the user freedom to design their own labels, anything from WARNING labels, GHS labels, way-finding labels, 5S labels, and so much more. The wide range of LabelTac supplies available to be used with the printer gives the user even more freedom.
The classic Premium Label Supply are fade and smudge resistant, UV and chemical resistant, includes a strong adhesive, and comes in 17 colors to choose from. There are supplies however, that are designed for specific environments, supplies with pre-printed components, and supplies with different types of backing.
LabelTac Supplies for Environments
LabelTac Printers and Supplies
In industrial workplaces there can be areas with extreme temperature, hazardous chemicals, and other areas that will require supply with more protection than the default. For instance, the LabelTac High Temperature Supply is designed to withstand surface temperatures up to 320°F. On the other end of the spectrum, the Cryogenic Label Supply can endure freezing cold temperatures, all the way down to -176°F.
Marine Supply is made specifically for marine conditions, like saltwater, and can tolerate harsh, wet environments. This supply is ideal for creating OSHA compliant signs, marine containers, and pipe marking on marine vessels.
Pre-printed LabelTac Supplies
If a facility is printing a mass quantity of labels, an effective timesaving option is to purchase supplies with pre-printed elements. There are die-cut rolls with a continuous stripe of color at the top, ideal for DANGER, WARNING, CAUTION, or NOTICE signs and labels. Another option, perfect for compliancy, there are both GHS die-cut labels and NFPA label supply. These supplies both have pre-printed diamonds that the user can choose facility specific hazard pictograms.
Another great pre-printed option is the Lockout/Tagout Supply. These labels include a red and white danger pattern and is impervious to tearing. There is also a blank, white panel for the user to print an issuer’s name, the tagout date, symbols, an any other necessary information.
Specialty adhesive/application supplies
Labels with the classic adhesive backing is not always ideal and there are a variety of adhesive and applications to choose from. Oily Surface Supply is engineered for greasy surfaces and is a fitting option for dirty work environments and on surfaces that are impossible to clean. Magnetic supply is designed with magnetic backing, ideal for industrial environments or when permanency of the label is unnecessary. There is also the option of LabelTac Static Cling Supply designed to specifically for temporary labeling or non-magnetic materials.
If a workplace is looking to implement custom-designed wall signs alongside labels, sign blanks are the perfect option. Made out of different materials like aluminum or PVC, these sign blanks come in multiple sizes and allowing labels to be applied directly onto the sign blank. Another option is blank, plastic valve tags which can also have labels directly applied to them.
Once someone masters the ins and outs of the LabelTac, consider taking it a step further with the variety of supplies offered for many different situations and workplaces. Whether it’s for safety or organizing, creating labels can be easy and work in a variety of environments.
Visual communication is one of the most effective and widely understood forms of communication, and that is especially true in facilities and warehouses. There is a plethora of places and spaces in a workplace to add visual cues: the wall, the floor, shelves and racks, pipes, wires, machines, and virtually any surface.
Why Go Visual?
Visual communication is the foundation for a safer workplace and is a crucial component to many Lean strategies. Hazards and risks can be marked, instructions communicated, and organization spaces created all with visual communication: not cones or barriers or complicated manuals employees have to memorize.
Visual cues like colors and symbols can be understood quicker and having a standardized system will help employees comprehend quicker. If your workplace is made up with employees speaking multiple languages, visual communication and the use of symbols and colors is a must. Have as much information you would like the worker to know communicated in a clear and easy-to-understand visual.
Although OSHA and ANSI have put forth standards on visual communication and safety signs, one of the biggest advantages of a visual workplace is the opportunity to customize. Order or create signs that are specific to your facility or certain hazards in the workplace. Choose from a variety of sizes, colors, and pictograms to ensure your messages are clearly communicated. Finally, ordering wall signs, posters, labels, and floor markings is typically inexpensive and work to prevent accidents and eliminate waste.
What’s included in a visual workplace?
There are four main types of visual cues to use in your facility; instead of just choosing one or two types of communication, consider using a mix of all four for the most effective visual communication strategy.
Wall signs: Probably the most common visual communication tool, wall signs come in almost any color or shape you can think of, with a variety of texts and symbols. Use “DANGER” safety signs near hazardous equipment and use “First Aid” signs to indicate to employees where the first aid station is located. Signs come in arrows, yield triangles, rectangles, squares, and you can order signs in multiple sizes to fit the area. You can also order wall sigs in a variety of materials that are suitable to most elements.
Floor signs: Floor signs often communicate the same information as wall signs, but their placement ensures communication on a factory floor. These types of signs are designed to handle heavy industrial traffic and can come in materials that are fade-resistant and can withstand both chemical and water damage. Use floor signs along with floor marking tape and shapes to create a complete floor marking system.
Label: Put a label on it! Your floor has signs and so does your wall, but labels give you the opportunity to add to your communication strategy by adding visuals in the form of labels on pipes, machines, doors, and so much more. Put a label on heavy machinery or put a small label to mark a wire; virtually anything can be labeled.
Floor marking tape and shapes: Both floor tape and floor marking shapes are made of durable self-adhesive vinyl meant to handle pedestrian and forklift traffic. Use floor marking tape to create aisles, walkways, and lanes for traffic, creating a safer workspace for people and heavy machinery. Use different colors and patterns of tape to mark off hazards, or vehicle-specific lanes. Floor marking shapes come in a variety of shapes including corners, footprints, dots, arrows, and more. These are a wonderful addition to both tape and floor signs to round out your floor marking strategy. Use arrows to direct traffic, create holding spaces for pallets with the corner, or create pathways with a line of footprints to follow.
Training for visual communication
Train existing workers on the new visual communication strategies you decide to implement in the facility. Go over the symbols, colors, and pictograms that are now standardized in the workplace. For instance, if you choose to have red floor to signify fire hazards, ensure everyone working in the facility understands that. Train employees on understanding different signal words, like why a “DANGER” sign is different than a “CAUTION” sign. It is important to train new hires of the visual communication standards as well as holding ongoing training classes to keep changes fresh on people’s minds.
The most important things to remember when creating a new visual communication strategy is to be clear not complicated, and to standardize it across the facility. Ensure your employees are trained and the visual cues make sense. Using these tools will increase safety but is also the perfect tool to aid your Lean or 5S efforts.
Shift workers who work the night shift are susceptible to fatigue and other health problems.
Shift work refers to any type of non-daytime work shift. Night workers, those who work very late or very early and workers who have a rotating work shift are all considered shift workers. According to the American Psychological Association, almost 15 million Americans work night shifts at least some of the time, which makes them susceptible to fatigue and other problems.
Shift work is common in many industries including manufacturing, health care, security, transportation, hospitality and emergency services. While some companies may be able to eliminate shift work depending on business needs, most of these industries will always require some shift workers. Police officers need to be available to respond to car accidents, crimes and anything else that arises during the night. If a person is injured in a car accident at night, hospital workers need to be available to provide treatment. Pilots and flight attendants need to staff the planes that carry people and shipped goods around the world. The list goes on.
Unfortunately, shift work has been shown to cause many problems, both for workers and businesses. Shift workers are at risk of developing a number of short and long-term health problems, and because of fatigue, their work may be compromised. Let’s examine some of these risks and the ways businesses can reduce them as much as possible.
Health Impacts of Shift Work
You’ve probably heard that you need to sleep so your body can repair itself, and there’s definitely some truth to that statement. Sleep controls many normal body processes, and sleeping outside of normal nighttime hours can interrupt those processes.
Your body’s natural cycle—called the circadian rhythm—is a 24-hour cycle that includes sleeping while it’s dark outside. You might think that completely switching this cycle and always sleeping during the day wouldn’t cause too much of a problem as long as you get enough hours of sleep, but this isn’t actually true. Light levels impact circadian rhythms, so workers who always work at night still face health problems associated with a disrupted circadian rhythm.
“Our bodies and brains evolved to relax and cool down after dark and to spring back into action come morning. People who work the night shift must combat their bodies’ natural rest period while trying to remain alert and high functioning. It doesn’t matter whether they get enough sleep during the daytime […] All the sleep in the world won’t make up for circadian misalignment.” – American Psychological Association
The Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS) reports that body processes including digestion, secretion of adrenalin, blood pressure, pulse and body temperature are all governed by your circadian rhythm. Consequently, shift work can lead to digestive and cardiovascular problems.
Shift workers are more likely to consume junk food because of irregular meal times.
Those who work shifts often eat a poorer diet as well because their meal times may be disrupted. These workers also tend to rely on caffeinated beverages to stay awake. The latter can contribute to trouble sleeping later on, which is why many shift workers end up relying on sleep aids to get to sleep.
Serious long-term health problems have also been linked to shift work. A recent study from Harvard Medical School found workers whose jobs included rotating night shifts had a higher risk of developing lung cancer and heart disease. Another study found that long-term shift work can lead to decreased cognitive performance. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) considers “shiftwork that involves a circadian disruption” to be a carcinogen and cites research that shows a higher incidence of breast cancer among flight attendants and nurses who work these shifts.
In addition to causing a variety of health issues, working an unusual shift can disrupt a worker’s social and family life, which can increase stress.
How Shift Work Impacts Businesses
Shift work can disrupt the lives of workers, but if you’re not careful, it can also disrupt your business operations. Tired workers tend to not perform as well, they make more mistakes and they are more likely to be involved in an accident.
Perhaps this shouldn’t be too surprising, since when we’re tired—especially over long periods of time—regular tasks can begin to feel more difficult.
As a business, you need to take all preventative measures you can to decrease these risks related to shift work.
Medical workers must often work irregular shifts.
The Best Ways to Deal with Shift Work
The first step is to educate yourself and your workers. To mitigate a hazard, you need to fully understand it. Provide workers with information about what shift work can do to the body and what individuals can do to improve the amount and quality of sleep they get.
Next, consider the way your business schedules workers who do shift work. More than one opinion exists about the best way to deal with shift work schedules. Some experts suggest switching shifts every few days is best because it disrupts body rhythms less and provides more normal time for social activities. Others point out that several weeks or more of the same work schedule would allow those working night shifts to adapt better.
EU-OSHA explains that when workers do work rotating shifts, it’s better to rotate their shifts forward. This means having them work a morning shift, then an afternoon shift and then a night shift. It’s easier for the body to adapt in than direction than it is for it to adapt going backwards.
In general, it’s also a good idea to consult with workers about their schedules to determine what works for them. Also keep in mind that trying to provide workers with a weekend helps them rest and spend time with others.
CCOHS also recommends workplaces provide rest areas (especially when workers have long shifts) and cafeterias with healthy food options. Workers should also try to maintain a healthy diet and exercise schedule, as this can prevent digestive and other problems.
When we think about emergency responders, we tend to assume they will arrive and take care of emergencies for us. We don’t often think about the safety of these police officers, firefighters and paramedics, though. If an emergency occurs at your business, these people will need to quickly enter your facility, find their way to the problem and perform their jobs.
Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for these workers to be injured in the line of duty. Burning buildings, chemical spills, robberies and confined space rescues are all dangerous situations. Ideally, you do not want your facility itself to contribute to a dangerous situation by being difficult to navigate. To help emergency responders perform their jobs safely, take these five steps.
5 Tips for Aiding Emergency Responders
Keep Walkways Clear
It’s important to keep walkways, aisles, hallways and other areas where people need to walk clear to prevent slips, trips and falls among your workers. Doing so will help emergency responders, too. If these people need to slow down and navigate around clutter and other obstacles, that means a fire could grow or someone in need of medical attention will have to wait.
Clutter may not seem like it could cause that much of a problem, but imagine if paramedics needed to wheel in medical equipment; that clutter could really get in the way.
Post Way Signage
Your facility is required to post way signage such as emergency exit routes and directions to fire-fighting equipment, so you should already have a fair amount of way signage in place. (If you need assistance making sure you have all the signs you need, read Rules for Exit Routes – OSHA Standards 1910.36 and 1910.37).
Additional signs pointing workers and visitors toward pertinent locations will help emergency responders, too. Signs that help people find the warehouse, break room and restrooms might all point someone in the right direction, depending on the type of emergency. Exit signs will also help responders quickly find their way out of the building once they’ve finished their work. If paramedics are trying to get an injured worker to an ambulance, for example, these signs will be critical.
If you want to go one step further and create clear aisles to help people navigate your workplace, you can also use floor marking tape to designate walkways.
Post Hazard Signs
Hazard signs warning workers of dangerous machinery, hazardous chemicals, loud noises and other risks in the workplace will be useful for emergency responders, too, in some instances. For example, if a hazardous chemical leak occurred, posted labels could quickly communicate to responders what substances they’re dealing with.
It’s true that in some situations there might be people on hand to tell this information directly to responders, but you can’t assume that will always be the case. Making your workplace a visual one with signs and labels will increase emergency responders’ ability to deal with a situation quickly.
You might be wondering how labeling pipes is relevant to an emergency situation, but if an accident involving a pipe and its contents occurs, pipe labels can be the difference between a situation getting resolved quickly and a serious problem. When emergency responders don’t know what’s in a pipe that breaks or leaks, they may have to stop what they’re doing and figure out what substance they’re dealing with. If a pipe contains something dangerous, they could also be exposed to that substance without realizing it.
In a larger-scale accident such as a fire or earthquake, it’s possible many pipes will be damaged and emergency responders will need to determine if anything dangerous is leaking.
Pipe labels allow for quick communication of pipe contents, and implementing a pipe marking system will make life easier for your workers, too. (Not to mention, industry standards require you to mark those pipes.) Take a look at this SlideShare for more information about pipe marking:
Safeguard Holes, Openings and Edges
When people are hurrying through your facility, it’s possible they won’t notice obstacles such as openings and edges. Putting up guardrails, toe boards and other physical barriers around or next to these hazards will help protect visitors (and your workers!).
While you’re at it, consider making the walking surface safer, too, by making it less slippery. Ramps, loading docks and stairs can all pose slipping and tripping hazards, and applying anti-slip tape to the floor can help prevent an additional accident.
Plan and Communicate with Emergency Responders
You may have noticed most of the things you can do to assist emergency responders are things you should already be doing to protect your own workers. It’s worth thinking about these things with emergency responders in mind, though. A worker already has knowledge of your facility, but an emergency responder may not; that means you should think about walkways, signage and hazards from the perspective of a person who is new to your facility.
In addition to taking the above steps to make your facility easier for emergency responders to navigate, you can go one step further and communicate with local emergency response services ahead of time about your workplace. Passing important information about your business’ emergency plans to police and fire departments can make things go more smoothly during an emergency. If you workplace handles dangerous materials that could lead to spills and explosions or has many confined spaces where a worker could get trapped, it’s a good idea to share this information so responders will already have a sense of the type of situation they will be dealing with.
Learn more about emergency preparedness during natural disasters in our recent podcast.