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How signs and labels affect workplace safety

Employers in Pennsylvania know how important signs and labels are in maintaining a safe workplace. Yet when workers are required to do more at a faster pace, safety is compromised and the cycle of injuries and OSHA violations begins. This is where new technology can come in to enhance safety identification solutions.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 requires employers to protect their employees using various tools like color codes, posters, labels, signs and tags to warn of potential hazards. Such tools must be eye-catching and made from durable materials so that the message gets across.

Digital signs can take this to a new level. Some can digitally count the days that have gone by without an incident so that workers are encouraged to beat previous records with a renewed commitment to safety. Others can automatically track noise levels and remind workers to wear the proper ear protection as per OSHA's Occupational Noise Standard. Most employees appreciate being warned as they know their safety is being taken seriously.

The materials that signs are made from should be continually tested for durability. Signs that are in the midst of forklift traffic and material handling equipment must be plainly visible and resistant to frequent cleaning and harsh environments. As for labels, they should be metal-detectable, repositionable, removable and reusable.

Even when employers do their best to protect their employees, accidents can arise. Those who suffer workplace injuries through their own negligence can still file for workers' compensation benefits. All they need to show is that the accident was work-related and that the reported ailments are accident-related. If successful, they will be covered for a portion of their lost wages and any reasonable medical expenses. A lawyer could come in to ensure a smooth filing process and launch an appeal if the workers' comp claim is denied.

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