Documents must be protected if they are to maintain their integrity for any
length of time. It could be a Driver’s License, an identification badge, a
birth certificate, an award, a legal document, a photo, a menu or piece of art.
In order to protect it properly and be assured that it will last indefinitely,
it should be laminated. Once a document is laminated, there is no worry that an
inadvertent spill of water or other liquid will ruin the document. A child’s
crayon will not be able to leave a mark. The document will not be accidently
folded. Photos of loved ones will remain as good as new as you review them over
many years. Menus in your restaurant can be used over and over and over again.
Legal documents will not tear or wrinkle. Identification cards remain legible
and valid in your wallet.
An arc flash occurs when electric current strays from the
path designed for it and instead travels through air to another electrical
conductor. The flash results in an uncontrolled voltage surge that can severely
injure a person or persons in close proximity.
Unintended conductors include dust, tools, water, corrosion,
faulty wiring to name a few. The arc
flash can be responsible for fire, for burns, flying objects, extreme blast
pressure, sound blast and heat. To protect against the possibility of arc
flashes, the National Fire Protection Association has developed a series of
four “Flash Approach Boundaries” to help limit the effects of the flash.
There are many many industrial situations where information
has to be inputted onto an informational tag. For example, lockout:tagout
procedures; maintenance order instructions; a specific valve number has to be
added; right-to-know information, biohazard announcements, just to name a few.
Often times the tag has to be written up immediately and placed in position. An
ideal way to do this is with a Pressure-Sensitive tag or as Idesco calls it – A
“P-tag.” That is because the tag can easily
have information added to it with either pen or pencil and can be sealed by
simply removing the release paper from the pressure-sensitive adhesive. No
heat-seal lamination is required.
When implementing OSHA1910.147, “The Control of Hazardous
Energy,” one is required to attach a tag and a padlock to the locking device
protecting the equipment. But what is the best way for the tag in question to
have the most impact? All tags must have the OSHA (or ANSI) DANGER header,
along with the phrase “Do Not Operate.” However more can be done to raise
awareness to all the personnel involved in a lockout situation. By adding a
photograph of the person performing maintenance during the lockout situation
and including the phrase “My Life Is OnThe Line” makes this tag stand out and
really brings out the Safety Message.
Proper Padlock Keying for Lockout:Tagout
The OSHA Lockout:Tagout regulation CFR1910.147 states
that Lockout Device is: A device that utilizes a positive means such as a lock,
either key or combination type, to hold an energy isolating device in the safe position
and prevent the energizing of a machine or equipment
usually combined with a specific type of lockout device such as a circuit
breaker lockout or gate valve lockout insure that machinery cannot be in
operation during a lockout:tagout situation. In fact a lockout:tagout operation
will not begin until all machinery and equipment involved is locked out by the
appropriate device and the appropriate lock.
basically 3 ways that padlocks are configured for Lockout:Tagout operations.
Padlocks can be set up “Keyed Alike.” In this situation
more than one padlock being used has the same key set to open the locks Padlocks
can be set up “Keyed Differently.” In this situation a number of padlocks being
used have different key sets. So only a key for a specific padlock will open only
that padlock and no other. Padlocks can also be set up to be “Master Keyed.” In
this case, one or more persons, perhaps the supervisors will a key that will
open many if not all padlocks being used, regardless of whether they are keyed
alike or keyed differently.
Among the most frequently cited standards by OSHA in 2013
include those involvingLockout:Tagout, Construction, Hazard Communication
(including Right-to-Know,) Confined Space, Electrical Components and Equipment.Interesting enough, there are accidental prevention tags
that contain verbiage and symbols to help reduce accidents for all of these
categories and more. If only they were to be used properly, if at all.Accident Prevention tags
can be used to specify rules; to specify procedures; to announce Danger
or Caution situations; to announce hazardous conditions; to provide
“Right-to-Know” information; to record important data, to name just a few.
There are many important items that need the quality long
lasting plasticized protection that a desk top laminator delivers. Laminated
materials provide protection from weather, abuse, chemical spills and tampering.
There are 3 Desk-top laminator sizes: a 4” wide model that is suitable for
wallet-sized ID Cards, personalized safety tags, business cards, file cards,
driver’s licenses and luggage tags; a 10” wide model that is used for
laminating legal and letter sized documents, price lists, signs, 3-hole loos
leaf sheets, material safety data sheets and photos; a 12” wide model that is
ideal for laminating chart size material and menus. Laminating materials that
can be used include clear, matte finish and pressure-sensitive.
and plastic cards tend to wear out and fade after being used for a long period
of time. Laminating and sealing anything between two sheets of plastic is an effective way to preserve and protect documents, photographs, business cards,
posters, or any other piece of paper that is of value to you. If you wish to
laminate something, there are a number of options available to you. Roll
laminators, for instance, are the most professional and the most expensive models in the
is absolutely crucial for protecting construction industry workers from a wide
array of hazards. Hard hats or helmets meeting ANSI standards should be worn
any time when there is a risk of falling or moving objects, fixed objects such as
exposed pipes or beams on which one might strike their head, or if there is a
possibility of accidental contact with electrical hazards. Protective headgear
should resist penetration, absorb the shock of a blow, resist water and burns,
and display clear instructions.
provides the ultimate protection for mass-produced safety tags. Idesco Safety has
a wide selection of OSHA approved laminated safety tags designed to withstand
tough, dirty and greasy conditions. The durable polyester laminate resists water, grease and extreme
temperatures. These laminated safety tags are easy to use. Simply attach these custom
safety tags to machines, equipment and other devices to warn of dangers and
What are Laminating Roll Materials?
Laminating roll materials typically refers to the large laminate
sheets that are wound around a tubing of identical length to the sheet. The
entire laminate sheet and tube are fitted into a roll laminator machine, which
rotates to feed the laminate sheet through the machine, with the substrate side
pressing the sheet against the object being laminated (in this case a board or
piece of paper).
What are Q-Tags? Q-Tags
are mass-produced safety tags
laminated using Idesco’s proprietary lamination method. The Q-Tag lamination
method is employed specifically for safety tags that are harder to laminate
using existing and traditional methods, such as bar codes, photos, tags
containing special messages, machine-specific data, right-to-know
and descriptions or any other unique type of safety tag that is not easy to
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