The Warning Label: A Security Label Of A Different Sort

Every business is unique, with specific risks that may be associated with it. Therefore, providing adequate security to those who work for you or those who purchase your products becomes a top priority. Although effective in many cases, generic warning signs do not always offer enough protection to employees or customers. And it’s this situation where a custom warning label can be the solution.

The Benefits Of Custom Warning Labels

The use of security labels that have been custom-designed to warn individuals about your business’s specific risks has many benefits.

The Help You Stay Out Of Court

Where a warning sign is not sufficient, or does not communicate a danger clearly enough, litigation can soon follow. Of course, creating a product that’s as safe as possible is the first step to avoiding litigation.

The next step is to clearly communicate the risks associated with improper use. However, you cannot force anyone to take care, and if something does happen, litigation is unlikely in a case where a safe product with adequate warning labels is the subject.

They Are Budget-Friendly & Quick

One common misconception about the custom warning label is that it takes too much time to create. But the truth is that an order for customised warning labels only takes a few business days to complete, even if it is a large order.

The purchase of these labels is minimal, which is what makes them so ideal for businesses of every size to purchase and have on hand. And when you consider the cost of potential problems such as injury and litigation, the cost-effectiveness of the custom warning label increases even further.

They Protect

Warning labels are created for one reason: to protect. However, in order to be as effective as possible, a warning label must both be seen and understood by those it is meant to protect. The ultimate protection that a custom warning label can offer is only possible when the following elements are in place.

Understandable wording and clearly interpretable graphics will ensure that the label has a clear message. A label that people are not able to understand will be ignored, thereby increasing the risk of injury or other harm.

Easy compliance is another key component of an effective label. Any instructions included on the label must be both concise and easy to understand. If a complex process is necessary in order for the label reader to comply, include a reason for each step.

Any label must be large enough to be seen as well as placed in such a way as to offer the greatest possibly visibility. This is where label size, colour and line of sight come into play. When placing warning labels, think like a person who is unfamiliar with the area. Ask yourself where such a person would be looking or in which direction they may be going when deciding where to place your warning label.

They Keep Your Business Running Smoothly

When warning labels are in place, they can be a very effective business tool. When a label is designed with the unique needs of your business in mind, you can rest easy, knowing that everyone around you is protected, even if you are not there. This means that your employees and customers can enjoy continued safety as long as your business is open in a day.

While it may take some time to decide which areas of your business could benefit from a custom warning label, and then choose the best wording for it, the work you do now will bring you many future rewards in terms of healthy customers and employees, as well as money saved.


The Asset Label: Much More Than An Identifier

The challenge of keeping track of assets can be drastically reduced with the introduction of asset security labels. These labels can be used in several departments of a business, making them an incredibly effective method of fixed asset management.

The fact that asset labels are so easily attached, and then can be quickly and easily recorded onto a computer via software is but one benefit of the asset label. These labels also prevent theft, not in one, but several ways.

They Tell You When You Need To Purchase More Assets

Although any department in a company can submit a requisition when they need more equipment or other items, an asset label can instantly communicate to the business owner whether or not the need for additional purchases actually exists. While an employee requisition does not automatically mean that they intend to steal these items from a company, the ordering of additional items when they are not actually needed can drain precious working capital from a business. If an asset label’s information doesn’t show an item is needed, it may be able to be located in another department that is not currently using it, and repurposed.

They Allow for Easier Reporting and Spot Checks

In cases where a company must participate in regulatory audits, the asset tag can be invaluable. With asset tags in place, it becomes that much easier to generate asset reports. It also makes the job of the auditor far easier, as they can know exactly where an asset is located, and then make their determination right away instead of having to go looking for the asset.

They Support Responsibility in all Departments

When a company employs asset labels to help with inventory management, the responsibility of maintaining and securing those assets shifts to the departments in which those assets exist. Not only does this assist executive personnel and management to know exactly how much money is being spent on equipment, but the tags also show who handles the asset and how the asset is being stored.

They Help Identify Existing Assets

Growing companies can easily lose sight of their assets, and may not have a way to measure how much money exists in their fixed assets. The use of asset labels allows companies to meet their responsibility of monitoring and tracking assets so that they can be appropriately repaired and used. Asset labels can also tell companies when assets are depreciating, and at what rate. With asset labels in place, the risk of employees or vendors absconding with assets becomes extremely remote.

They Make Inventory Effortless

Traditionally, inventory is a wince-worthy process. But that need not be the case with asset labels. When they are in place, all that needs be done is for the person managing the assets to use a handheld device to scan those assets in their department. Following this, reports can be generated easily from the information received through scanning.

Really, there is no match for asset labels. In large corporations where the tracking of fixed assets can be challenging at best, asset tags can be the eyes and ears of management. Equipment that may be soon due for repairs or maintenance, or the depreciation schedule of assets along with other vital information can be communicated to management almost instantly. This only increases the efficiency of the company overall, as they are now able to more effectively direct their capital to where it needs to go, as opposed to simply throwing it where it’s assumed the capital is needed or will be used.

Label Stock: An Essential Consideration

Whether you’re using labels for business or personal use, there are many things to consider. Among them, what colours to choose, what style of label you need and whether you should purchase a label printer or order labels to use in an existing printer. But of equal importance is the label stock you choose.

What is Label Stock?

The definition of label stock is any paper or other material that can be used to make labels. This could be anything from fabric to film to foil. Label stock can be used in the creation of coating, backing sheets and face materials that form the various parts of a label.

What Will You Use your Labels For?

Although this may seem like a no-brainer, thinking about what the label will actually be used for is something that often ends up at the bottom of the priority list. But really, how a label will be used is a critical element to consider when choosing the right stock.

You may need your labels for asset tracking, or you may be using them to identify and track components. And you must consider the ideal permanency for your labels as well. Will they need to be removable, or do you need to be able to reposition them? Once they’re applied, will they be permanent, or will they be removed at some point during the delivery process?

Another consideration for label use is whether or not the label will be applied automatically by machine or manually by individual, as this will also affect the stock of label you choose.

What Surface Will Your Labels Need to Stick To?

Adhesives definitely matter when choosing label stock. However, if the stock isn’t strong enough to handle being stuck to certain surface, it will rip and be illegible. Understanding not only the surface that the label will be applied to, but the characteristics of that surface is important. A label that’s stuck to a curved surface will require more strength and flexibility than one that is attached to a flat surface.

Environmental Conditions

Next, it’s time to consider the other side: the weather and temperature that your labels will be exposed to. Moist conditions will require label stock that will allow information to remain legible. The same is true of labels exposed to extreme heat or cold. Anything that will endure chemical exposure must be labelled using stock that won’t react with certain substances.

How Will They Be Printed?

Labels can be printed using several types of technology, all which produce different strengths of labels. Printing inkjet labels produces a product that’s ideal for adhering to boxes and bags, where direct thermal printing allows for labels that are durable in virtually any kind of weather.

Another element of printing to consider is whether to print the labels yourself or hire a company to print them for you.

Are There Legal Requirements?

Although the legality of your labels may not seem to involve stock, the stock you choose does matter. Some agencies have certain requirements for labels. For example, labels needing to meet SAE requirements must appear on certain areas of a container, but must also be made of certain materials, depending on what is being labelled and where the product will be stored.

It can be overwhelming to select the right label stock. But the above considerations can go a long way to helping you decide which label stock will work best for your business. And in choosing the right label stock from the beginning, your business can save a lot of time, money and frustration n the long run.

Solar PV Label Types

It seems everyone is going green these days. Solar energy continues to be a popular choice for many homeowners who want to start benefiting from the energy they collect from the sun. Indeed, the growth in popularity of solar systems is only expected to rise in the coming years. But an array of solar panels is not without its dangers, which is why photovoltaic solar systems or arrays are required by British Standard 7671 to carry a set of warning labels. These security labels ensure the safe handling, installation and use of the system.

Most solar PV labels are printed on self-adhesive vinyl because they will be exposed to many different temperatures and humidity levels, and so need to remain legible and in place, regardless of the season.

Label Types Usually Found On Solar PV Systems

There are several warning labels contained on the components of a solar PV system.

The inverter label warns that the AC and DC need to be isolated before any work can be carried out. This label is usually accompanied by another label which warns not to block any points of ventilation.

The do not disconnect label is responsible for informing ordinary persons not to tamper with the locking connectors. This label warns the reader not to disconnect DC plugs or sockets while they carry a load.

Dual supply labels can usually be found at all isolation points located between the supplier terminals and the PV system. Their job is to indicate that on-site generation is present, as well as to communicate the position of the main AC switch disconnector.

The DC cable label is used where long cable runs are required. These labels are usually fitted at certain intervals along a cable, usually every 5 to 10 metres on a straight run. This label warns the reader that the cable is connected to a solar PV system and therefore carries a high voltage, posing a risk if it is damaged.

The isolator label’s job is to label the DC isolator on the PV array. As well, on and off positions should be marked clearly. This label is usually placed near switch enclosures with a warning that parts are live during daylight hours.

But homeowners and solar installation workers aren’t the only ones who benefit from these warning labels.

Fire and Rescue

In addition to the label types above, it’s vital to have labels to warn fire and rescue crews that there is a solar PV system installed on the roof of the home. Notifying emergency personnel of this fact can actually save lives and property. Having a warning can allow rescue crews to alter their approach accordingly for the safety of both their personnel and the inhabitants of a home. This type of label needs to be placed next to the building’s supplier cut-out. As well, it has to be at least 100mm x 100mm in size so that it is clearly visible from a distance.

Whilst most of the labels mentioned above are already included with solar PV systems, there is no harm in confirming that all necessary labels are present before installation is complete. Because although the installers are professionals, mistakes can still occur. And whilst they will leave your property once the system has been installed, you will be at risk should someone become injured on your property as the result of inadequate labelling for your solar PV system.

The good news is that you don’t need to be a solar PV expert to know what warning labels are needed for your system. You can simply print this article or a similar document, and then use it as a checklist to ensure all labeling is in place.