Not All Materials Are Created Equally – Continuous Testing & Improvement

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Materials Diversification and Testing

Back in August of 2018, HCL Labels acquired a brand new production printer. It’s large, it’s fancy, and it allows us to expand our production capabilities in ways that we never imagined. We are very excited to share with you all what we are working on.

Increasing our production capabilities allows us to explore and test a wide variety of diverse materials. From magnetic, to velvet polycarbonate, and a new adhesive vinyl that we are thrilled about, there is a lot we are working on.

Our Arlon DPF 8000 is a new adhesive vinyl that we are excited about, more on that one in a second. We test the flexibility, rigidity, reposition-ability, and most importantly the durability to harsh environments. Our signs and labels must stand strong against tough chemicals and solvents, sun exposure, oil spills, and other messy working conditions.

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In terms of durability testing, we essentially soak the label in acetone and dichloromethane and evaluate how they hold up. Some materials need not come in contact with a solvent such as dichloromethane, but chemical labels require that durability.

In other words, if there was a Ferrari of labels our GHS chemical labels are just that.

Intensive & Advanced Features

With great production capabilities comes some new features on a variety of our products. The new materials that we are working with come with some advanced features that may go unnoticed, unless, of course, you’re reading this!

Here are some features you will be seeing on our products that are currently available, or available upon request.

  • Arlon DPF 8000 will adhere to brick, concrete, and other rough surfaces.
  • Highly visible and sharp colors for increased visibility.
  • Removable and reposition-able adhesives that don’t leave behind a sticky residue.
  • Air-regress technology that prevents air bubbles.

We’re very excited about the continuous improvement of our products, and we’re thrilled to share them with the world.

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Why Compliance Matters – Saving Lives, Preventing Accidents, & Protecting Employees.

Why OSHA Compliance Matters

In the 1970’s, OSHA established permissible exposure limits (PELs) in regards to chemical safety regulations. As time has gone on, information has evolved on chemical exposure risks that has caused OSHA to adapt their safety regulations. The OSHA Hazard Communication standard 1910.1200 sets forth a regulation that provides employees with the “right to know” about chemical hazards.

Exposure to hazardous chemicals in the workplace puts any and all employees at risk for medical and physical harm. Federal, state, and local environmental safety regulations exist for the following reasons – environmental conservation, protecting employees, preventing accidents, and savings lives.

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In terms of chemical safety regulations such as the OSHA/GHS Standard, proper hazard identification and a written plan that is trainable, accessible, and available to employees is key to compliance. Maintaining a current hazard communication plan that includes Safety-Data-Sheets and emergency information provides employees with a hazard readiness arraignment.

Identifying and labeling hazards such as chemicals, waste, and other hazardous areas is a significant step in protecting the workplace. Wether it be cautioning employees from exposure to hazardous chemicals with a GHS Label, or notifying emergency responders of hazard information with an NFPA diamond (see below), hazard identification and communication is vastly important to a safe work environment.

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Moving Beyond Compliance

Base level environmental compliance fulfills the legal responsibility companies have to their employees and the environment, at just that, a base level. Moving beyond basic compliance can prevent accidents, save lives, and protect employees on a level that moves above the legal obligation.

What are some steps that I can take to move beyond compliance?

  • Forward Thinking: Look ahead in terms of facility safety needs (signs, labels, SDS’s, etc.)
  • Implement & Training: Create a written plan that all employees receive proper training on.
  • Monitoring & Assessing: Review the implemented safety plans for potential issues.
  • Adapting: Adjust your safety plan where necessary.
  • Prioritize: Protecting employees is the absolute priority – compliance is second.

 

HCL Labels is the leading supplier of Safety Signs & Labels

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Customer Reviews Part 5

-Joel from Hillsboro, OR

“Great work, colors looks spot on, and the project was completed overnight!”

 

-Amelia from Chandler, AZ

“Everything appears to be correct and clear. Sales person was helpful and the follow up was immediate. Very easy to work with.”

 

–Jason from Allentown, PA

“I needed over a dozen different custom tags for machine safety keys. The staff at HCL did a great job as usual to provide a solution at a very reasonable price.”

 

Samuel from Mesa, AZ

“I tested GHS labels for solvents from 4 different label suppliers and the HCL labels were the only one that resisted solvents had the best adhesive on several types of secondary containers”

 

-Mia from Las Vegas, NV

“The labels are great for the applications we needed them for. The speed of getting them was impressive. Great job!!!”

California Proposition 65 – Update Your Signs Now!

Changes to California’s Prop 65 Law go into effect in August 2018

Prop 65 is a law that was enacted into California legislation in 1986, and has undergone a revision that goes into effect in August of 2018. The law intends to inform Californians about products or facilities that contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

The regulatory update eliminates the use of a one-size-fits-all solution to Prop 65 signage. As of August 30th, 2018, all Prop 65 signs must include more specific information regarding what chemical(s) are present that may cause harm.

The use of “general” signs that contain text such as “This facility contains chemicals…” are no longer compliant with the EPA. All proposition 65 signs must list one or more chemicals present in the products or facility that are known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm.

For more information regarding chemicals that are listed for Proposition 65 in California, please review the following information: https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65/proposition-65-list

Changes to the Format

In addition to requiring a listing of one or more specific chemicals, the August 30th update also requires some format changes.

The internet address for the OEHHA’s proposition 65 website, which includes more information about the potential health effects of the listed chemicals.

The warning symbol must be a yellow triangle, as seen below.

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For more information about the new Proposition 65 update, please visit the OEHHA website at this location – https://oehha.ca.gov/proposition-65

 

Update your California Prop 65 Signs before August 30th!

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National Safety Month – Week 4: Driving

Drive Safe At All Times

Everyday that we get into our cars to commute to work, school, or home, we risk our lives. Automobile accidents are frequently one of the top ten causes of death on a global scale. Driving safe at all times is an absolute necessity, and should be taken seriously by any and all drivers.

Understanding and being able to utilize your vehicles safety features can help protect drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians. It is important to know how to use your vehicles safety features; however, it is vital to not rely on them. Follow these driving safety tips to practice safe driving.

  • ALWAYS Wear Your Seatbelt!
  • Use proper turn signals when appropriate.
  • Avoid impaired driving – this includes drugs, alcohol, sleep deprivation, and over-the-counter medications.
  • Put the phone down – it can wait.
  • Watch for motorcycles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and animals.
  • Use proper booster-seats for children. (For more information, visit www.healthychildren.org)
  • Make sure all occupants are properly secured.
  • Know your vehicle and practice regular maintenance habits.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Shocking Automobile Safety Statistics

We all think at some point in time that we are good drivers and that it can’t happen to us. Read through the below statistics to understand how important driving safety is.

  • Up to 94% of all automobile crashes involve human error.
  • In 2016, 48% of all motorists killed in a crash were not wearing a seatbelt.
  • 1 out of every 4 accidents in the United States involve texting while driving.
  • In 2016, over 3400 people were killed in a distracted-driving incident.
  • Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day.

National Safety Month

Week 1 – Emergency Preparedness

Week 2 – Personal & Professional Wellness

Week 3 – Fall Protection

Week 4 – Driving

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References:
Distracted Driving. NHTSA. US Department of Transportation. 2018.Web. 6/25/18. https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving
National Safety Council – NSC. Always Drive Safe. 2018. Web. 6/25/18. https://www.nsc.org/Portals/0/Documents/NSCDocuments_Corporate/NSM/2018/public-tipsheet-driving.pdf
Association for Safe International Road Travel. 2018. Web. 6/25/18. http://asirt.org/Initiatives/Informing-Road-Users/Road-Safety-Facts/Road-Crash-Statistics