Safety Labels Save Lives – Preventing Workplace Accidents with HCL Labels

Safety: the state of being safe; freedom from the occurrence of risk of injury, danger, or loss.

When HCL Labels was formed in the early 1990’s, the mission was to protect the workforce from work-related hazards through proper, compliant, and up-to-date signs and labels. Nearly thirty-years later, HCL stands by our initial goal.

HCL Labels exists for the sole purpose of protecting workers from hazardous working conditions. We are an organization that is extremely proud to offer a product that prevents injuries, accidents, and saves lives. Pretty cool, we know.

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Hazard Communications & Safety

HCL’s library of over 70,000 compliant signs & labels all communicate a specific work-related hazard. From some of our more unorthodox signs such as Warning: Bull, to more recognizable labels such as the NFPA 704 Diamond and Acetone, our products are meant to fit in any workplace.

The underlying message that guides communicating workplace hazards is OSHA’s right-to-know law. Employees have the right-to-know the potential health and physical hazards of workplace chemicals, equipment, and other harmful materials.

Through workplace practices and planning of hazard communications, employers provide their workers with the means to visualize and understand associated hazards.

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Proper Signs & Labels

Placing relevant, highly-visible, and proper safety messages around your facility will ensure that employees practice their right-to-know. We at HCL believe that accidents can always be prevented and avoided.

Accident prevention is possible. Through high-quality and consistent training, as well as clear messages (signs & labels) throughout your facility, you put your company in the best situation to prevent accidents before they happen.

Join us in our mission to save lives, one label at a time. 

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The Leading Source for GHS Chemical Safety Labels – Long Lasting Durability

HCL Labels, Inc. is the leading source for hazard communication OSHA/GHS chemical safety labels. Offering the largest online library of ready-made safety labels that are built to adhere and resist solvents.

HCL Labels, Inc. offers the largest library of GHS Chemical Safety Labels, with over 700 ready-made options to choose from, as well as an easy custom design process at no additional cost.

Back in January, HCL Labels switched to a stronger material for our GHS chemical safety labels. In doing so, we struck a balance between how hard our customers work, and how our labels work for our customers.

We put the 3M adhesive vinyl with chemical and solvent resistant laminate through various tests, and the material stood strong against Acetone, Dichloromethane, and other tough solvents.

HCL holds ongoing material tests at our Scotts Valley office. After seven months (since the testing began) of simulating spills, drips, and even dishwasher tests, the labels look as though they were printed yesterday.

HCL Labels would like to invite our customers to push the limits of the material. We’re confident that our GHS Labels will withstand anything you put them through.

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These OSHA Safety Labels are really sticky!

One test in particular that highlights the quality of our product is the dishwasher test. We’ve washed secondary chemical containers in regular and commercial dishwashers with our GHS Labels still on them. After each wash, the labels came out unaffected.

This extreme durability proves that our labels work as hard as our customers do. The 3M adhesive vinyl with laminate holds against solvents that melt most materials.

We’re confident that our GHS Labels will last through the harsh work conditions you put them through.

Go ahead–test it. We’d love to hear your experience with pushing the limits of our durability.

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National Safety Month – Week 3: Fall Protection & Safety

HCL’s celebration of National Safety Month continues with our new weekly discussion.

Fall Protection in the Workplace

In OSHA’s annual list of Top 10 safety violations, Fall protection (29 CFR 1926.501) is consistently number one. In 2017, there were near 7,000 fall protection violations that penalized employers.

According to NSC.org, in 2013, 595 workers tragically fell to their deaths, and 47,120 employees were severely injured from a fall. Construction workers pose the highest risk for fall-related injuries; however, falls can happen at home and at low-risk jobs.

Data from the National Safety Council categorizes fall-related injuries and deaths by industry – all data is from 2013.

  • Construction: 21,890 injuries, 302 deaths
  • Manufacturing: 21,430 injuries, 42 deaths
  • Wholesale trade: 12,640 injuries, 25 deaths
  • Retail trade: 29,690 injuries, 32 deaths
  • Transportation and Warehousing: 21,970 injuries, 35 deaths
  • Professional and business services: 19,300 injuries, 91 deaths
  • Education and health services: 47,740 injuries, 13 deaths
  • Government: 66,940 injuries, 54 deaths

Fall Protection at Home

Fall hazards are not specific to just the workplace – they are just as likely to occur on the weekend at home as they are while on the job. Work and home related fall hazards are 100% preventable. Follow the below safety tips to practice fall protection in your home.

It is especially important to practice fall prevention activities in a home with seniors, as falls are the number 1 cause of death for adults older than 65.

  • Clean up clutter, garbage, and immediately clean up spills.
  • Remove or repair tripping hazards; including but not limited too: ethernet cords, phone lines, cables, extension cords, and other electrical cords.
  • Install handrails on all stairways.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing and always wear proper footwear.
  • Maintain a well-lit home so all potential hazards can be seen.
  • Be careful when moving around hazardous objects in your home.

Falls are the most preventable hazard – take precautions to ensure your workplace and home are protected. If you follow the above safety tips, you can maintain a safe working or living environment.

Sources:
Make fall safety a top priority. http://www.nsc.org. Web. https://www.nsc.org/work-safety/safety-topics/slips-trips-falls

National Safety Month – Week 2: Personal & Professional Wellness

HCL’s celebration of National Safety Month continues with our new weekly discussion.

Prioritizing Personal Wellness

People around the world put themselves through a great deal of stress each day. Over time, the effects of strain can have a negative impact on your health. A healthy lifestyle is vital to a happy lifestyle in the home and the workplace.

Promoting your personal and professional wellness is a daily commitment. To increase your mental and physical health, practice these following tips at home or work.

  • Take breaks throughout the day to refresh and revitalize your mind. If you use a computer at work, remember to stand up and stretch.
  • If you look at a computer at work, remember the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, pick a spot 20 ft away, and focus on it for 20 seconds to refresh your eyes.
  • Find nearby exercise classes and become an active participant.
  • Limit intermittent snacking – or choose healthier options!
  • Get regular medical checkups – always check with your doctor about which options are best for you.

Mental Health Best Practices

Mental health is a significant portion of personal and professional wellness. Follow these mental health practices that can help you feeling fresh and vitalized.

  • Sleep, sleep, sleep! Sleep is absolutely vital to promoting mental health. Turn off the TV, set your phone down, and remember that quality sleep is a quality life.
  • Know your limits – listen to your feelings and remember that it’s important to take a day off from time-to-time. Let your body and mind tell you when to take a break.
  • Spend less time with your phone – studies show that heavy phone and electronics usage can lead to depression.
  • Limit the intake of alcohol, caffeine, and other suppressive chemicals.

For more tips on personal and professional wellness, see www.nsc.org

 

 

June Is National Safety Month – Emergency Preparedness & Exclusive Offer

The National Safety Council has Declared June 2018 National Safety Month.

Throughout the month of June, the National Safety Council (NSC) and HCL Labels will be sharing information regarding certain safety topics. For the first week of June, we will discuss Emergency Preparedness in the workplace and at home.

For safety tips offered by the NSC, please view this link – www.nsc.org

Exclusive Offer – Good For All of June

In order to help promote and raise awareness to National Safety Month, HCL Labels is offering a 20% discount on all signs & labels through the entire month of June.

Use coupon code SAFETY1ST at checkout to redeem your offer.

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Emergency Preparedness

Natural and man-made disasters can cause catastrophic consequences on the general public and the workplace. Individuals and employers should create emergency plans in the event of the following disasters.

  1. Earthquake
  2. Flood
  3. Hurricane
  4. Tornado
  5. Fire
  6. Radiation
  7. Disease

Being prepared for such events can greatly increase your chances of safety. The NSC, as well as Federal agencies recommend general safety practices that can make the world of difference in the event of a disaster.

  • Ensure a family or workplace communication plan is available for training, practice, and implementation.
  • Understand safety contact information in the event of a disaster wether it be employers, family, or other.
  • Keep an emergency readiness kit in your home, vehicle, workplace, and other convenient locations, as well as at least three-days of food and water.
  • Safely store important documents so they are readily available and unharmed.
  • Assign multiple employees or family members to know CPR and other first aid capabilities.
  • Understand where and how to properly shut off utilities that may be at risk during a disaster.

Planning for a natural or man-made disaster can be the difference between life-and-death. Follow the NSC guidelines at the above link and implement general safety practices in your home and workplace.

 

A Collection of Customer Reviews – Part 4

“Great product and fast service.” – Katie from Austin, TX


“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.” – Eric from Delaware, OH


“The labels are great for the applications we needed them for. The speed of getting them was impressive. Great job!!!” – Jose from Victoria, TX


“HCLCO has been extremely helpful each time we have ordered different custom labels. The turn around time is quick and the labels are holding up well.” – Mia 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.”  – Teresa from Las Vegas, NV


“Perfect layout – Submitting SDS was easy and I liked the ability to proof prior to printing I tested many GHS labels from several sources and the HCL labels had the best adhesive” – Dennis from Reno, NV


“Excellent service as usual. Its the reason I shop for all of my labeling needs from HCL” – Paul from San Jose, CA


“I was impressed on how approachable the web site, including ease of purchase. I was contact fairly quickly by a sales rep with a link to customization options. Although I did not need the customized labels, the rep was very understanding and was able to update my order to the standard label option, which even saved the company some money. It was a very polite and knowledgeable experience, with a very useful product.” – Danniell from Lincoln, CA

Hazard Communication Fines In Automotive & Collision Repair Shops

HazCom Violations in Automotive Body, Paint, and Interior Repair and Maintenance are on the rise.

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has released information about the types of violations that occurred in automotive and collision repair shops from October 2016-September 2017. Just beneath Respiratory Protection as the most common citation is, you guessed it, Hazard Communication.

With 41 federal HazCom inspections during the aforementioned time period, a total of 79 citations were handed out for violating the 1910.1200 standard. These penalties cost small-medium automotive shops just over $54,000. If you own an independent auto shop, an OSHA HazCom fine is not something you want for your business or employees.

For more information about common fines related to the automotive-repair industry, pleas view this link: www.osha.gov

For more information regarding the OSHA hazard communication standard, please view our blog post interpreting the requirements: hclco.blog.com

Common Chemicals in Auto Shops that are Frequently Cited

Many hazardous chemicals and solvents are included in common repair and cleaning items. For example, Methylene Chloride is commonly found in paint repair and other cleaning substances.

Other chemicals and compounds that often go unmarked are Hydrofluoric Acid, Antifreeze, Lead, Diesel Exhaust Fluid, Benzene, Toluene, Xylene, and Silica Dust Hazards.

These are a few of many hazardous chemicals found in automotive environments that pose a serious health risk to employees and customers.

The OSHA hazard communication standard outlines a method of providing employees with the Right To Know about workplace safety hazards. HazCom refers to chemical hazard identification, labeling, and maintenance.

Protect your employees from workplace hazards and inform them a proper hazard communication program.

Safety Labels Save Lives.

 

 

Aligning the Hazard Communication Standard with GHS

Why & How GHS Impacts the OSHA Hazard Communication Standard.

The sole purpose of the OSHA/GHS alignment is to provide consistent and quality information to workers, and employers about the hazards associated with chemicals. The GHS creates a standardized approach for classifying, identifying, labeling, and safety-data-sheets. The standard initiates a criteria for hazard classification and identification, according to the associated health and physical hazards.

With GHS already in place, secondary container labels are required to include signal words, pictograms, and hazard and precautionary statements. Safety data sheets additionally have standardized format.

Why the HazCom Standard was modified.

With employee safety and worker comprehension in mind, the hazard communication standard was modified in order to improve the quality and consistency of the information about chemical hazards. This modification will improve the appropriate handling and use of chemicals in the workplace.

The standardized format of GHS labels and SDS’s allows workers to easily access and understand information that pertains to chemical hazards.

Major HazCom Changes.

-Labels: Chemical labels are required to contain a harmonized signal work, pictogram, hazard statement for each hazard class, as well as precautionary statements. HCL Labels offers a format that also includes the NFPA.

-SDS: SDS’s are required to have a specific 16-section format. This now makes the MSDS outdated.

-Training: GHS does not include training; however, is requires workers to be informed and trained within two years of the publication.

 

Prepare your facility for your 2018 inspection by updated your GHS chemical safety labels from HCL.

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Sources:
Facts on aligning the hazard communication standard to the GHS. OSHA.gov. web. 3/22/18. https://www.osha.gov/as/opa/facts-hcs-ghs.html