Visual Communication 101

3 min read 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 …

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Would Emergency Responders Be Safe in Your Facility?

Emergency Responder

4 min read 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 …

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DIY Workplace Labels – Make These 8 Types Yourself

Industrial Label Printer

5 min read Workplaces need many types of labels, and in many cases—especially at large facilities—it’s often easier and more cost-effective to print them yourself. When you purchase an industrial label printer, you can use pre-made templates or create your own designs to suit the labeling needs of your business. Some workplace labels are required and others just help the facility function better. You can make the following types of labels with a label printer of your own. …

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How to Use Safety Posters Effectively

Safety Posters

5 min read Safety posters cover the walls in many workplaces and can make useful additions to a safety program. They help make the workplace more visual, which makes both work tasks and safety easier to understand. While safety posters can be very useful, if they are thrown up on a wall without much planning, they can end up being a waste of time and space. To be effective, safety posters must be targeted and impactful. So how …

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Workplace Safety for Non-English Speakers

Diverse Workforce

5 min read As American workplaces become increasingly diverse, language can become an obstacle for many businesses. Workers who don’t speak English or for whom English is not their first language may struggle to understand workplace procedures. When the procedures in question are related to safety, lack of comprehension or misunderstanding are especially problematic. Non-English-speaking workers may struggle to read training documents, safety signs and other written materials. They also may not feel very comfortable asking for clarification …

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Rules for Exit Routes – OSHA Standards 1910.36 and 1910.37

means of egress

5 min read An exit route might seem like one of the simplest parts of a workplace. Just look for the exit sign and head for the door, right? In theory that may be true, but technically speaking, exit routes must have specific features and meet detailed OSHA requirements. OSHA has begun focusing more attention on emergency exit route compliance in recent years, as seen in a memo to the agency’s personnel. Workplace fires in other countries where …

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Why You Need an Industrial Label Maker — Today!

4 min read Regardless of what type of business you operate, chances are pretty high that you need some kind of labeling system. The difference is, of course, how you obtain your labels. Industrial label makers have shown time and time again to save organizations money and time, yet still, many opt to outsource their labeling needs. Labels are a source of identification that allow businesses to clearly identify where and what things are. They are the ultimate …

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