In a world of ever changing technology, tags and labels allow us to identify unfamiliar objects and avoid dangers and hazards which may pose a threat to us. We rely daily on the fastidiousness of those who’s responsibility it is to produce the labels, signs and notices which keep us all safe and protected. Where would they be without companies to provide the tag Id supplies with which they label the world around us?
The most simple kind of warning labels are those we see on equipment and installations every day. Signs like “Risk of Electric Shock” or “Do Not Enter” are there for our protection, and supplies of these kinds of notices are kept by most large companies. Often, you will not be allowed to enter the premises of a company without an Id tag which shows, amongst other things, that you have been briefed on the safety procedures of the site.
Within businesses themselves, it is common to find some kind of Lock Out – Tag Out (LOTO) system in place to warn employees and visitors of potential dangers. This is especially the case at industrial and manufacturing facilities and construction sites, where dangers are frequent and accidents are likely to be serious in nature. Everyone on such a site should always have an Id tag clearly visible, especially during the manual handling of supplies and materials.
Anyone responsible for enforcing Lock Out – Tag Out compliance at a building or site should keep in hand good supplies of each type of Id tag which may be required under the circumstances. If a machine, piece of equipment, or other item develops a fault while it is being used, it should be removed from service right away. Or, if an inspection reveals a problem, the item must not be allowed to be put to use. As soon as any fault or damage is reported, it is the responsibility of the LOTO compliance officer to place an Id tag on the item to inform all staff that it is not to be used. In the case of machinery, it is good practice to use a padlock or similar device to make use physically impossible. Using the supplies kept for this purpose, the officer should label an Id tag with the relevant information and attach it to the object. It is common to use a colour coded Id tag to denote the nature of the hazard. Many companies produce Id tag printers which can be used for making these labels, for which supplies are readily available.
The Id tag should contain such information as details of the fault, the date it was reported, and the name of the staff member responsible for taking the item out of service. Since it can sometimes be difficult to read handwriting on such labels, Id tag printers can be used for everyone’s convenience. These printers and supplies of the materials they use are available from MLPS, who are specialists in label printing equipment and all related stationary.