The modern democratic world is highly bureaucratic and
organized when it comes to safety sign
requirements in the commercial arena. It is virtually canonical for insurance companies
in developed countries to require the presence of industry-specific and/or
general safety signs in work areas as part of their insurance policies.
This is especially applicable to the food industry, which on
top of containing specific potential dangers to employees, additional care has
to be taken to avoid food contamination, which can harm customers and thus
result in a number of different lawsuits.
Lockouts are also known as “tag outs,” and hence the term
lockout/tag out is often seen in tandem. A lockout/tag out refers to a
procedure whereby a company assigns an individual to shut down power and
disconnect all equipment and machinery from its primary energy source. The
reason for doing so is in an emergency when becoming necessary to prevent the
unexpected activation of that machinery as a means to protect workers and
employees. The assigned employee then activates the energy-isolation (lockout/tag
out) devices in a safe or “off” position.
Laminating pouches are typically measured in inches and
small laminating pouches range from 2 x 3 inches (length and width) to 3 x 5 (a
typical 3-by-5 index card). Large laminating pouches range in size from (3.5 x
5.5 inches, which are the dimensions of file cards, to 12 x 18 inches,
which is the size of a typical menu and many charts.
A lamination pouch is a sealed air-tight plastic pouch with the
capability to protect a number of work and home-related supplies, namely
documents and other items which are typically written on. A heat-activation
process binds the print material to the inside of the lamination pouch, which
contributes to the tight seal created during the lamination process.
For example, a lamination pouch can be used for safety
signs, labels, ID cards and luggage tags. Laminating pouches are different from
traditional lamination in that the air-tight seal protects the contents of the pouch
by preventing moisture and other foreign materials from entering the lamination
cover. For this reason many industries, such as construction sites and plants,
turn to lamination pouches in order to protect signs that are vital for employee
Purpose of a Padlock
Padlocks are external, portable locks that can be placed
in most locations, versus the traditional stationary lock, such as the type
that is built in to a door. Padlocks are also different in another regard: they
were designed specifically in order to protect against vandalism, defacement,
or any of type of forced entry. They are typically used to protect the contents
of storage units, such as sheds, but are very widely used for safety purposes
as well, such as for keeping employees out of potentially dangerous areas.
Lamination is the process by which two or more layers of material are glued together and
placed within a plastic covering as to protect them from damage and normal wear
and tear or deliberate damage.
This type of lamination, which is the one that
people most commonly refer to, should not be confused with the type associated
with electrical engineering, which is a technique used to reduce undesired
heating effects. The plastic covering sheath used to cover the materials is
known as a laminate. Credit cards, photo ID cards and formal documents are some
of the most commonly laminated items, but the process is used for protecting
virtually any paper document that might need protection, such as school reports
In simple terms, safety signs are signs that include a range of messages with the intent of keeping people from physical harm. Other signs are preventive in nature, instructing people for or against taking certain actions. A third type of safety signs are those categorized as informational and simply alert people to certain information, such as the whereabouts of a fire extinguisher. These signs are found in a range of different locations: factories, offices, educational institutions, and just about in any place where large amounts of people congregate.
Employees can find themselves at risk of a serious injury or death if the machine they operate starts up unexpectedly or releases stored but hazardous energy. It is the sole responsibility of employers to address safety issues that concern the safety of the employees, especially when handling with dangerous equipment.
Procedures and standards must be in place to disable machinery and prevent the release of perilous energy while maintenance and servicing a machine. These measures may include the use of a multi-step startup procedure, time delays, or audible warnings. In such relatively uncommon situations, lockout/tagout requirements do not apply. However, such alternative precautions must be carefully evaluated for their effectiveness in light of the configuration of the machinery, the reliability of the alternative measures, employee training, and other factors.