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Quick Reference Guide–Techniques & Design Considerations for Metal Components

Posted on: September 24th, 2018 by | No Comments

Metal nameplates and components are as valuable as the product they’re attached to, which means the design phase in creating them is a critical process. There are specific considerations that should be made before moving forward with a design, so taking time to weigh the implication of your particular application carefully will lead you toward a safe and great looking nameplate or component.

 

Who will lay eyes on it?

Metal components such as emblems can act as an eye-catching accent on products such as vehicles; however, when chosen hastily they can easily become an eyesore. Creating a badge for your product that complies with company brand standards not only maintains an integrated look but conveys an easily identifiable message whether it’s for the safety of the user or simple aesthetic pleasure. Consider the following when creating your next component or nameplate:

 

  • When building brand awareness and drawing attention to your product, using metal components adds a sleek, stunning, high-end aesthetic that draws more attention to it than a blandly designed component. Simply stated, metal nameplates, labels, and components have a significant impact on how your product is viewed are representative of your brand.
  • U.S. Nameplate Co. has devised a way to simplify the process to assist customers in selecting the correct material for their nameplates and labels based on industry, environment, and application. We have a staff of technical professionals, engineers, and graphic artists with experience and are more than capable and willing to assist companies of all industries in the design, specification, and ordering of custom nameplates.

 

Communicate Your Requirements

Specific applications require a reliable performance standard which is expected within the nameplate industry, so don’t hesitate to communicate any requirements and tolerances you may have. Consider the conditions your label or nameplate will face; are any of the following likely to occur?

  • Will the nameplate or label be outside? If yes, for how long? 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 20 years or more?
  • Will it be prone to scratching, rubbing, scraping, or scouring? Nameplates in these situations require a resistance to abrasion—measured in cycles on a tabor abrader (500, 1,000, 4,000, 7,000+).
  • Is the label likely to be close to a heat source such as an engine, pump, generator, furnace, etc.? Such applications commonly require the label to be heat resistant in excess of 1,200ºF.
  • Geographically, where will the product be used? Resistance to a salty solution will add life to the label or nameplate when deployed on the coasts or areas where snow removal is common.
  • What is the probability the nameplate or label will come into contact with harmful or corrosive liquids and chemicals? Resistance to chemicals—such as Skydrol, diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid, and MEK; measured in hours before degradation.

 

U.S. Nameplate Co. offers an extensive list of products and materials from flexibles like polycarbonate and vinyl to metals like aluminum, brass, Metalphoto, and stainless steel which offer a wide range of durability to meet your product specifications.

 

What will it say?

To effectively communicate information, a nameplate needs to be optimally-legible. It’s important to know exactly what the nameplate is intended to communicate so the following can be addressed.

  • Know what data your nameplate or label needs to hold, so you get an idea of how large it needs to be.
  • Does your nameplate have to follow OSHA, ANSI, ISO, or perhaps other standards?
  • Will the date be the same on every nameplate or will it be serialized?
  • Will the product include barcodes or other machine-readable (AIDC) marks?
  • Do you need other graphic features like micro-text for anti-counterfeit features or high-resolution maintenance schematics?
  • Ensure that the material your supplier recommends is certified to any commercial or military specification you need to meet.

 

 

Consider the Physical Attributes

Focus in on the specifics. Think about the size, specifically, thickness, height, and width. Equally important are attributes such as sheen and pattern, and even the methods of attachment. Choose wisely by weighing the following.

Thickness

Thinner foil labels (.003” and .005” thick) will adhere to curved surfaces or sit inside recessed areas of your part. This feature affects the location a label can be used and even the amount of abrasion it must withstand.

Size

Does your application require the nameplate to fit in incredibly small spaces or be easily seen from afar? Different materials lend themselves to performing well at specific sizes such as Metalphoto, which is available as small as .25” x .25” and as large as 24” x 40”.

Attachment

The surface type and environment are the major determining factors in which method of attachment can be utilized. Think about the texture, material, and elements the nameplate will be exposed to.

 

Enlist the Help of Experts

The knowledgeable professionals at U.S. Nameplate Co. are prepared to assist you in creating the perfect nameplate or label for your product. When creating your nameplate, we understand the importance of considering who will see it, special requirements that must be met, what it says, and physical attributes such as thickness, size, and how it will be attached to a surface. Contact us for everything you need in your next nameplate.

5 Must-Haves for Industrial Safety Labels

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by | No Comments

industrial safety labels

Written labels simplify life, make us safer, and tell us what do. Imagine an oven with no dials, a phone with no buttons, or a traffic sign with no words. You would simply see objects and shapes and have no idea how to operate or use them.

Safety labels serve a vital role in our society. At U.S. Nameplate, we’ve been designing and manufacturing custom labels for more than 70 years. We’re a trusted source for more than 3,000 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) across the globe. They rely on the high quality of our labels for their industries, including applications in medicine, construction, farming, the military, electronics, and transportation.

Safety is paramount in all the fields above. For example, soldiers, doctors, and utility workers need quick access to information. They require instructions, warnings, and equipment specs to be readily available. Our durable custom safety labels fit the bill.

Many industries—like mining and the military—require equipment that stands up to harsh summer rays, freezing temperatures, corrosion, and brutal atmospheric changes. To operate their machinery, users must have clear, long-lasting safety labels.

U.S. Nameplate works with engineers, managers, architects and others when we begin on a project. We can custom design safety labels for any application. Our affordable and high quality safety labels for OEM’s help them keep workers safe and on task.

 

Durability

If a label doesn’t adhere to a surface, it’s useless. It’s as simple as that. At U.S. Nameplate, we’ve been the OEM supplier of choice since 1946. We’ve worked with hundreds of industries and applications. We’re constantly upgrading our technology and skills; consistently investing in new equipment and training.

We know our safety labels must be able to survive dramatic atmospheric and environmental conditions. Whether they’re attached to a tank going into battle, a material handler traveling to the bottom of a mine, or a motor coach driving through freezing temperatures, our labels take a beating.

At U.S. Nameplate, we’ll work with you to determine what type of adhesive and type of material is best for your needs. Different textures require different types of labels. We can handle any type of request you have. We’re proud to offer all our services under one roof, including design, fabrication, and printing.

Our safety labels are available in polycarbonate, polyester, and vinyl finishes. Based on your industrial needs, you can choose from any of the following processes:

  • Screen or digitally printed
  • Thermal transfer
  • Overlaminate
  • Standard adhesives
  • UV Clearcoat to Prevent Fading
  • 2-5 Year Outdoor Exposure

We can ship your custom safety labels in strips, rolls, or individual pieces. You’ll also appreciate that we can keep your labels in inventory for just-in-time delivery.

durable safety tags

Symbols

A symbol, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship or association.

The shape of a sign or label should immediately convey the meaning. In traffic, for example, think of the octagonal shape of stop signs, the diamond shape of traffic signs, and the rectangular shape of speed limit signs.

The size and shape of safety labels also follow pre-determined standards. These help workers identify at a glance what type of message to expect.

OSHA requires specific language and symbols to warn of hazards. They provide hazard communication pictograms—as well as many other resources—on their website. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed symbols to provide information when language is not enough. They say their symbols “convey important messages about product features, directions and other aspects . . . Critical areas include health and safety-related warnings, prohibitions, and mandatory actions.”

At U.S. Nameplate, we will work with you on your industry’s specific signage and regulations. We typically follow these symbol guidelines:

 

safety sign shape & meaning

 

With state-of-the-art die cutting, digital cutting, and machining and forming technology, U.S. Nameplate can quickly and effortlessly create any size or shape safety label you need. And everything—from your initial phone call to final distribution—is handled in our modern 55,000 square foot Iowa facility. There’s no outsourcing; we handle every detail of your order.

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Color

Color affects your mind and your body. Your brain reacts more quickly to color than text or print. That’s why choosing the right color is critical for safety labels and other products. According to Texas A&M University: the most obvious application of color standards is seen in the transportation, manufacturing, and public works.

In America, when you see red, what do you think? Stop. What about green? Go. Color plays a huge part in our everyday lives and even in our subconscious. A quick stroll through your local supermarket will show the prevalence of certain colors.

There is an entire psychology of colors that industries tap into—from clothing designers to interior designers to food packaging manufacturers—to evoke a certain mood or promote a certain behavior, like buying. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) are no different.

Colors for safety labels must be bright, bold, and highly visible. They must convey a specific action or response from the viewer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have determined what certain colors should convey at the workplace. The purpose of uniform regulations is to ensure standardized safety across industries. Both organizations have decided, among others, what the following colors should designate.

 

safety labels color, meaning & application

danger safety label

Communication

In addition to the importance of color, safety labels must contain clear wording and verbiage. These signal words include:

  • Danger: Will result in death or serious injury
  • Warning: Could result in death or serious injury
  • Caution: Could result in minor or moderate injury
  • Notice: Not used for hazards
  • General safety: Safety procedures, operating instructions

notice safety sign

However, what if your workforce includes people who speak no English? OSHA does require manufacturers to provide bilingual labels. According to their 1910.1200 Hazard Communication, OSHA has this to say about warning language:

The employer shall ensure that workplace labels or other forms of warning are legible, in English, and prominently displayed on the container, or readily available in the work area throughout each work shift. Employers having employees who speak other languages may add the information in their language to the material presented, as long as the information is presented in English as well.

Why take a chance with your employee’s safety? If your industry employs people who speak languages other than English, U.S. Nameplate will work with you to custom design warning labels in their native language.

 

Meet Industry Standards

Most industries have exacting standards for their safety labels. At U.S. Nameplate, we’re pleased to meet these standards and proud of our many certifications and designations.

Our rugged labels meet standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), are authorized by the UL, and meet strict compliance rules for OSHA.

 

warning safety label

We know you’ll enjoy working with the experienced and friendly representatives at U.S. Nameplate. We’re you’re one-stop-shop, ready to create long-lasting safety labels for all your needs and all your applications. Contact us today.

6 Industrial Nameplates & Labels Your Business Needs

Posted on: December 5th, 2016 by | No Comments

industrial nameplates, warning labels, asset tags, serial plates, control panels

 

Running a successful business involves a lot of details, and some important ones often get overlooked. If you’re in charge of operations, promotion, or manufacturing, you probably have a lot of decisions to make and too many options to count. Nameplates/Labels may not be high on your list of priorities, but they should be.

If your business involves any type of manufactured goods, machinery, electronics, or industrial equipment, find out how U.S. Nameplate Company can help your business. From inventory management to safety and efficiency, we’ll explain why these are the six nameplates/labels your business needs.

 

Serial Plates

Serial plates contain valuable information about your manufactured products including your company name, the model number and serial number, the date the product was made, and information regarding the batch the product was made with.  Serial plates are attached to the products and the information is recorded before products are shipped off to be sold. This helps your company, your retailers, and your consumers easily communicate and track important information about each product.

Many companies manufacture similar products with just slight differences. If there are any issues with a product, consumers are expected to call the hotline number printed on serial plates. Having this information on serial plates helps consumers identify the specific model number and serial number for the particular product so that your representatives in customer service can quickly locate and provide troubleshooting information to the consumer.

Serial plates also help identify a product’s warranty information. From the terms to the lifespan and status of the warranty, serial numbers and model numbers on serial plates are able to easily provide warranty specifics when a consumer calls in for replacement, repair, or return.

At the end of the day, everything comes down to the bottom line – sales.  With serial plates, you are able to track how many products were sold, at which dealers/locations/divisions they were sold, and which products had the highest number of sales.

 

Safety Labels / Warning Labels

To keep things running smoothly, it is important to keep both equipment and employees safe in what can be a dangerous environment. With the help of safety labels, companies are able to warn and inform employees about possible workplace dangers, including exposures to chemicals, loud noises, flying debris, and many other environmental dangers.

Warning labels are also necessary for dangerous equipment that can pose an injury to the operators, such as heavy equipment, electronics and machinery with high voltage. With the help of safety and warning labels, companies are able to lower the risk of injury and increase efficiency and production.

 

Control Panels and Graphic Overlays

Your equipment, machinery, or electronic devices have switches, buttons, or other means of controlling the system. Control panels and graphic overlays help ensure proper operating procedure by clearly labeling controls on complex machinery and equipment.

Control panels, graphic overlays, and deadfront graphics are just some of the different types of protective coverings you may need, depending on the physical needs of the specific device or equipment. Each of these are specially designed to correlate with the look, feel, and function of the specific application.

Control panels and graphic overlays can be placed on a variety of equipment, including industrial machinery, vending machines, sound systems, medical equipment, appliances, telecommunication devices, and many more. Any equipment with keypads, switches, or any other controllers need to have identification to keep the operator safe and the equipment from malfunctioning.

 

Property and Asset Tags

Whatever your industry, your business likely has physical assets that are important to keep track of for your own inventory and accounting purposes. Property and asset tags are used to more easily track and monitor those assets.

For moveable assets, tags help to keep track of where equipment is in each step of its transportation. This can also help with theft prevention since these products can change hands often and are at a greater risk of being stolen or misplaced. The asset tag contains your company identification and specific tracking information, so it is much easier to get products returned to the proper place.

Though fixed assets don’t typically change locations, it is still important to keep track of these for inventory audits. Property tags help you with inventory control and give you the ability to easily calculate the value of each asset over its life cycle.

Furthermore, asset tags with sequential numbering or barcodes can help track maintenance and repairs. Scanning a tag can quickly direct a user to a database of repair instructions or maintenance schedules.

 

Company Identification Plates

Branding is an important part of any business, in order to keep your company top of mind for consumers. Identification plates and products can contain your company name, logo, address and any other important information about your company.

Whether it is through the use of a building sign, industrial decal, or product label, identification products are long-lasting branding materials to promote your company and your products.

 

Data Rating Plates / Specification Plates

Data rating and specification plates document the different limitations of industrial equipment for several industries, such as construction, mining, and manufacturing. Common applications for data rating and specification plates are motors, pumps, fans, heating equipment, and lighting fixtures.

These plates help operators understand a product’s performance specifications to help ensure proper use and safety for both the operator and the equipment. Specification plates can display information about weight limits, temperature ranges, lifting capacities, electrical hookup information, and more.

 

How U.S. Nameplate Co. Can Help

With 70 years of experience in the industry, U.S. Nameplate Company has become the supplier of choice for over 3000 Original Equipment Manufacturers. We’ve manufactured identification products across multiple industries, including construction, mining, farming, transportation, medical, utilities and military.

We are also an ISO certified facility and a UL approved label supplier, so you can be sure your nameplates will meet industry standards.  Our knowledgeable and experienced staff is happy to help provide solutions to meet any need specific to your industry.

Everything that we do is custom designed and we offer a variety of options for materials, thickness, finishes, attachment methods, and fabrication to meet your exact specifications. All of our products are built to withstand harsh environments and last for years so that your company’s brand and products are represented with professional, high quality nameplates.

 

Trust the staff at U.S. Nameplate Company for all of your industrial identification needs. Request a free quote or contact us today for more information.

It’s Harvest Time…Protect What Matters Most

Posted on: October 21st, 2015 by | No Comments

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Autumn is underway and for many farmers it’s the busiest, most exciting time of the year – harvest time!

Agriculture ranks among one of the most hazardous industries in America. Agriculture fatalities were 14 percent higher in 2014 compared to 2013. With a workplace fatality rate of more than 24 per 100,000 workers, it’s time that the agricultural industry places more emphasis on safety labels and warnings on farm machinery and equipment.

While the most common source of deaths and injuries on the farm are from tractor rollovers, which can be prevented by roll cages and seat belts – many other injuries and fatalities can be prevented with the simple use of clear, easy to read safety labels.

Most manufacturers of farm equipment take many steps to ensure their machinery is safe, but sometimes not all hazards can be completely eliminated with a safety label. However, having these labels in place is a good start.

Before starting any work on farm machinery, make sure you’re paying attention to all the warnings as obvious as they may seem. If you take the time to read and understand all the safety label information, you can prevent careless accidents and fatalities.

For nearly 70 years, U.S. Nameplate has been a preferred supplier to many of the most trusted names in the farming industry. Our safety labels and nameplates are manufactured based upon many contributing factors and needs including life expectancy, environmental factors, and surface application. Our safety labels can be produced at almost any size and can be digitally cut to custom shapes. They also come in a variety of materials, finishes, colors, and adhesives.

Having safety labels and warnings in place on your farm equipment protects yourself, your family, and your farming operation. Always put safety first.

Call or contact U.S. Nameplate today to see how we can help keep you safe with the use of effective, high quality safety labels and industrial nameplates!

Lowering Manufacturing Risk with an Effective Safety Label

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by | No Comments

In an increasingly litigious society, companies know they must take certain precautions to avoid lawsuits. In fact, “failure to warn” and “inadequate warning” cases have been on the rise. The more you can do to protect your employees and customers, the more you’ll protect your bottom line.

U.S. Nameplate Co. has been manufacturing labels since 1946. We work with a wide variety of original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) and we know the importance of long-lasting and durable industrial safety labels.Industrial Safety Labels

Safety labels should be the most visible part of any piece of machinery. If the label is not legible or becomes worn over time, your company runs the risk of accidents and lawsuits. The clearer your safety label, the lower the chances for product liability litigation.

At U.S. Nameplate Co., we listen to your needs. In order to provide the best design, we must learn more about your industry and understand how our products will be used. Will our labels be subjected to harsh weather conditions? Do they need to be visible from long distances? Will they be affixed to moveable parts? Do you need text only (i.e. safety instructions or hazard alerts) or text and symbols? Who is your intended audience?

The more details we have, the more customization we can provide. We’ll also talk with you about materials, designs, and finishes. U.S. Nameplate is proud to offer many design options for your safety labels: screen or digital printing, laminating, embossing, thermal transfers, and die or diagonal cuts.

We design and manufacture safety labels for many different industries, including construction, mining, medical, original equipment manufacturers and the military. Each type of industry has unique standards and requirements, which may include ANSI, CE marking, UL-compliance, WEEE/RoHS, or ISO.

All industries have one thing in common, however. They need easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, and long-lasting safety labels. Sometimes text alone is not enough, especially when it comes to different languages. Sometimes labels require special colors, formatting, and custom symbols.

At U.S. Nameplate Co., we’ve been supplying labels to businesses across the world for nearly 70 years. We’re experienced professionals and will help you every step of the way.

Safety labels are critical in today’s business world. They protect everyone: your workers, your clients, and your company. Put safety first. Call or contact U.S. Nameplate Co. today to see how we can help with your next project.

Industry Labels: UL Decals (Underwriter’s Laboratory)

Posted on: December 23rd, 2014 by | No Comments

What is UL?

Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) provides certification, testing, and training services to companies who make labels, panels, and decals for regulated industries. The standards set in place by UL, allow businesses to create quality safety labels for their products that comply with industry standards. Products marked by UL are thoroughly tested for safety, energy efficiency, and environmental concerns.

Products that require safety-related information including hazards and warnings, installation instructions, electric ratings, and other information must comply with UL’s Component Certification Program. The program allows label manufacturers such as U.S. Nameplate Company to make labels with materials that meet UL standards and print labels that meet standards as well. Labels must also be waterproof.

Products that are UL Certified wear the official UL mark. The UL inform customers that the product they are using is UL certified or safe, energy efficient, and environmentally sound.

For more than 40 years, UL standards have helped today’s manufacturers, including U.S. Nameplate Company, provide safe and compliant labels.

U.S. Nameplate: UL Authorized Label Supplier

U.S Nameplate is an authorized supplier of UL standard labels. UL certification allows manufacturers such as U.S. Nameplate Company to legally produce UL Labels; these labels adhere to very specific guidelines set in place by UL. To be considered certified, U.S. Nameplate Company adheres to the standards set in place by UL and produces quality labels for important products. Custom industrial labels and nameplates created at U.S. Nameplate Company meet and exceed standards set in place by UL and meet the conditions of acceptability laid out by UL that includes application surface, exposure condition and temperature rating. Labels from U.S. Nameplate Company are made to withstand indoor, outdoor, and harsh weather conditions.

For more information about UL authorized custom industrial nameplates and labels from U.S. Nameplate Company, visit our website or give us a call at 1(800)553-8871.

OSHA: 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards

Posted on: November 24th, 2014 by | No Comments

The number one priority of any industry or business is safety.  A safe work environment is crucial in fast paced, industrial businesses like construction and manufacturing.  U.S. Nameplate offers a variety of products to help business better adhere to the safety standards set in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).  OSHA released a list of the ten most frequently cited standards as a way to alert organizations and allow for improvements.  The great news is, the violation of these standards is preventable through the use of proper safety labels, distribution of information to employees, and other preventative measures. Below, learn more about the ten most frequently cited standards and ways to prevent them from happening at your workplace.

  1. 1926.501 – Fall Protection- This standard is set in place to protect employees from accident and injury by requiring employers to implement fall protection.  Fall protection comes in the form of fences, barricades, skylight covers, guard railing and reinforcing steel, or safety nets.  Additional fall protection employers provide for workers could include custom safety labels or signage that informs employees of danger, risk of fall, or holes/edges.  Custom Safety Labels that require employees to wear hard hats or fall protection equipment are also extremely important to maintaining the safety standard set in place by OSHA. Custom safety labels from U.S. Nameplate warn employees of risk, lowering an organizations risk of accidents or injuries.
  1. 1910.1200 – Hazard Communication- Communicating the risk of exposure to toxic and hazardous substances is the second most violated OHSA safety standard.  Employers can protect their employees by communicating the risk of dangerous chemicals, through container labeling and other forms of warning, safety data sheets and employee training.  Custom safety labels from U.S. Nameplate increase work place safety by providing information tailored to your specific need and industry.
  1. 1926.451 – Scaffolding – For industries that use scaffolding, keeping employees safe with a strong, wide platform is crucial.  To adhere to OSHA standards, proper use of suspension ropes, and connecting hardware is required.  Employers must also adhere to weight limits, load accordance, and proper use instructions to pass OSHA standards.
  1. 1910.134 – Respiratory Protection – Industries at risk of harmful dust, fumes, gases, or vapor exposure must adhere to OSHA standards set out to protect individuals from respiratory harm.  To do this, employers must have knowledge of the harmful nature of the workplace and wear proper respiratory protection.  Procedures to test the air, ensure air quality, and life of respiratory protection equipment is also required under OSHA standards.
  1. 1910.178 – Powered Industrial Trucks- This standard is set in place to ensure proper “fire protection, design, maintenance, and use of fork trucks, tractors, platform lift trucks, motorized hand trucks, and other specialized industrial trucks powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines” (OSHA 1910.178(a)(1)). Adhering to these standards requires manufacturers and employers to operate equipment with a label or mark indicating approval by a testing laboratory.  Additionally, employers are required to keep labels in legible condition at all times.  Custom safety labels from U.S. Nameplate can withstand 2-5 years of outdoor exposure and are coated in a UV clear coat to prevent fading.  Easily adhere to OSHA standards for your equipment and vehicles with custom safely labels from U.S. Nameplate.
  1. 1910.147 – Lockout/Tagout – OSHA sets standards for general equipment controls to ensure the control of hazardous energy.  This standard includes the service and maintenance of machines and other equipment.  The standard also involves situations where the release of stored image could harm employees.  The custom safety label below is an example of workplace safety label from U.S. Nameplate that protects employees from unexpected energization or startup of machines and equipment.
  1. 1926.1053 – Ladders – Ladders and Stairways pose risk to many different industries.  OSHA has set in place standards to keep employees who frequently use stairways and ladders safe.  Especially in construction, ladders should be able to support designated loads with accident or injury.  A variety of standards including material coating ladders, clearance between rungs, and methods of use have been set to keep employees safe when using ladders.
  1. 1910.305 – Electrical, Wiring Methods- This standard lays out the proper wiring methods, components and equipment for industries general use.  These standards are set in place to protect businesses and employees of wiring issues including fire and circuit breaks.
  1. 1910.212 – Machine Guarding – Machine guarding is important in protecting machine operators and employees nearby from dangerous equipment.  Guards that protect from rotating parts, flying chips and sparks, and points of operation are required under this standard.
  1. 1910.303 – Electrical, General Requirements – General electrical requirements ensure that proper electrical conductors and other equipment is used at all times.  This standard keeps employees safe from serious injury or death by ensuring all equipment is installed correctly, using the correct voltage and capacity, and other factors.

Custom Safety Labels and Industrial Decals for your Workplace

Posted on: June 12th, 2014 by | No Comments

NOTICE. CAUTION. WARNING. DANGER. Enter any dangerous or hazardous workplace and you’ll notice these important words. However, not all machines or projects pose similar threats and many different dangers exist in varying workplaces. At U.S. Nameplate Co., Custom Industrial Decals and safety labels ensure safety, provide machine/equipment information, and ensure industrial strength quality specific to consumer and employee needs within a diverse range of industries.

Safety Labels and Custom Decals

Safety Labels

Customized safety labels keep the most valuable asset of any company safe: Employees. From large construction and mining equipment to medical devices, a safety label reminding workers and others of present danger and need for safety is important in ensuring well-being at your company.

Safety labels promote awareness of potentially dangerous situations and help prevent collisions and accidents. Displaying information informing others about the contents of trucks, dangerous chemicals, or distance to keep from machinery on a customized safety label from U.S. Nameplate Co. keeps all parties involved free from harm. Most importantly, safety labels made at U.S. Nameplate Co. are far from generic and allow your company the opportunity to provide specific safety warnings and information customized to the specific need of equipment or machines.

Custom Industrial Decals

Keeping your company’s brand and information at the forefront of any workplace is important. A custom industrial decal is a great way to display your company logo, machine data, or operating information on company tools and equipment. Custom colors, materials, and finishes make customizing a decal or label to fit the specific need of your company easy.

Machine/Equipment Information

Notifying employees of important machine information including data and potential hazards while operating company products is another important aspect of any workplace. A customized name plate allows your company to display important operating and safety information directly on a machine or piece of equipment. From data and information about weights, to important equipment specifications, a customized decal keeping operators informed is crucial for safety in any workplace. Customized metal nameplates offer employees instruction and safety information at all times of operation, lowering risks of misused equipment and highlighting safety concerns.

Quality

There’s no time to waste replacing these important safety labels or industrial decals in a busy, high pressure workplace. Products that last and withstand harsh elements are nearly as important as the content they display. A wide range of material, finish, and adhesive options at U.S. Nameplate Co. allows you the opportunity to choose custom industrial decals or safety labels specific to your company’s needs and conditions.

Where sun exposure poses an issue, UV clearcoat protected labels prevent fading and wear. More importantly, these important labels withstand up to 2-5 years of even the harshest outdoor exposure: an important factor in keeping your company safe and informed in all weather conditions.

Hazard Communication: OSHA Standard Labels

Posted on: January 2nd, 2014 by | 2 Comments

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in attempt to improve hazard communication, has adopted new standards for OSHA safety labels. These labels are important for anyone handling hazardous chemicals, including: employees, trainers, distributors, vendors, and OSHA workers among others. By understanding these new requirements, you can not only increase the safety of those who encounter these chemicals (including customers), you can pass OSHA inspection with flying colors. While the new standards will not be fully enforced until July of 2015, it is never too soon to begin preparing for these standards. (And you can switch labelling protocols now if you prefer to get a jumpstart on meeting the new rules!)

OSHA Label Requirements

All labels on hazardous chemicals must be clear and readily visible. The label must be attached or printed directly onto the outside of any hazardous materials. First, you must identify the type of hazardous materials before acknowledging the appropriate precautions. Next, the appropriate label can be made. The label must include ALL of the following information:

OSHA Safety Labels

Label Elements

Make sure that the information is printed clearly and visibly. Also make sure that the following information is present.

-Name, address, & telephone number: This must be the current contact information of the person responsible for the chemical (e.g., chemical manufacturer or importer).

-Product identifier: This is how the chemical is recognized. This should include the chemical name and code/batch number. The responsible party can also include any additional relevant information. The key to this component of the label is consistency, so the product identifier must be the same on the label as it appears in other documents.

-Signal words: This word is linked to the potential dangers of the contained chemicals: “Warning” or “Hazard.” “Warnings” are less hazardous dangers than “Hazards.” A label will only include one or the other classification. As a general rule of thumb, the presence of any hazardous-level chemicals warrant the classification, and label, of “Hazard” (even if there are additional chemicals that only warrant a warning).

-Hazard statements: This section of the label must also include ALL of the potential warnings of a chemical, such as the particular risks associated with the chemicals (e.g., chemical may cause burns to the skins or kidney damage if ingested). Where appropriate, all hazard statements may be combined for ease of reading.

-Precautionary statements: These are the statements that describe the proper storage, handling, and use of chemicals in order to reduce exposure to any potential hazards. Be sure to include all relevant statements: prevention, response, storage, and disposal. In instances where multiple actions are appropriate, a forward slash (/) can be used to demarcate the possible choices.

OSHA Safety Signs | Pictograms

-Pictograms: These graphic symbols are used to improve hazard communication. There are nine graphics that are used for OSHA safety signs. They include: health hazard, flame, exclamation mark, gas cylinder, corrosion, exploding bomb, flame over circle, environment, and skull and crossbones. (For appropriate pictogram use, please see the table of pictograms and hazards.)

-Supplementary information: This is the place on a label in which a responsible party may include relevant information that is not required on a label by OSHA standards. Perhaps additional chemicals (not mandated for disclosure by OSHA) can be included, at the discretion of the responsible party of a chemical, can be placed on this section of the label. Just be careful that any non-required information in this section of the label does not detract or contradict the required label information.

The following is a sample of an appropriate OSHA safety label. (For additional examples, please see the OSHA Brief.)

OSHA Safety Label

This is a brief introduction to the improved OSHA safety labels standards being unveiled to improve hazard communication. The information included in this blog is not exhaustive, but instead just a concise broad explanation of what is to be included. Before preparing your own labels, be sure to seek out more specific explanations (particularly as you are drafting your own labels.)

Visit the OSHA Brief for complete information on the Hazard Communication Standard.

You can also streamline your movement to the new OSHA safety sign standards by outsourcing your labels to a company who knows the intricacies of the protocols for safety labels. Feel free to contact U.S. Nameplate for any additional information about developing your new labels.

Safety Labels in the Workplace

Posted on: October 8th, 2013 by | 14 Comments

Safety labels in the workplace play a crucial role in preventing bodily injury, equipment damage, and litigation cases. Here, we outline where and how you should display safety labels in your workplace.
Safety Labels
Machine Safety Labels

Safety labels should be prominently displayed on any heavy equipment or machinery. According to ANSI (American National Standards Institute) specifications, safety labels should include a pictogram and a signal word, such as:

  • CAUTION (minor or moderate injury could occur – should appear in yellow)
  • WARNING (death or serious injury could occur – should appear in orange)
  • DANGER (death or serious injury WILL occur – should appear in red)

Below or to the side should be a brief, effective description of:

  • the nature of the hazard
  • consequences of the hazard
  • how to avoid the hazard

Facility Safety Labels

These labels may appear around your workplace to remind employees about basic safety measures, such as wearing proper footwear or keeping a door closed. ANSI specifications are flexible for these types of labels, but generally they should include a pictogram and the signal word NOTICE, along with a brief description of the required action. These labels should be blue in color.

Chemical Safety Labels

The importance of properly labeling hazardous chemicals cannot be underestimated. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires that all hazardous chemical labels include the following:

  • Pictogram
  • Signal word (CAUTION, WARNING, or DANGER – see above)
  • Product identification (name of chemical)
  • Brief description of:
    • Nature of hazard
    • Consequences of hazard
    • How to avoid or minimize the effects of hazard
  • Name, address, and telephone number of chemical manufacturer

Fire Equipment & Exit Labels

These labels are very important in keeping your workplace up to code and in times of emergency. Fire equipment labels should be red and should identify the equipment in large block letters (i.e. FIRE EXTINGUISHER). They can also include a pictogram and a brief description of how to use the equipment. Mark any fire safety exits with red labels as well.

Exit labels should simply say EXIT and should be placed above doorways and entryways that provide an exit route. They should appear in green or, most ideally, be illuminated by a green backlight.

At US Nameplate Co. we want keep your workplace safe with effective, up-to-code safety labels. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact us, and be sure to watch for our next post, where we will guide you step-by-step through designing a custom safety label.