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SDS Hazard Identification

A Safety Data Sheet (SDS) provides basic information on a material or chemical product. It describes the properties and potential hazards of the material, how to use it safely, and what to do in the case of an emergency. The purpose of an SDS is to assist employees in understanding and clarifying this type of information. 

Because they're trying to address all anticipated uses of the product, they provide summarized general information. The information on an SDS is organized into sections, but specific names and content of those sections vary from supplier to supplier. Here is some info on how to make sure your workplace label is accurate.

 

Page 1 of an IDENT Safety Data Sheet

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Internal Branding

You don’t want your customers to stop at the door, so don’t let your branding stop there either. Office signage is a powerful display tool, so take advantage of reinforcing your brand not only outside, but inside your office as well.

External marketing creates a connection between your company and the customers, while Internal marketing fosters a strong company culture. By letting staff develop an emotional and personal connection with the business, it creates an organization that naturally helps its team deliver the brand promise. Internal marketing serves another purpose as well, transforming your employees into brand ambassadors, which means your brand’s story has a broader reach.

Whether it be repeating your company name or logo in your front entrance, displaying your company’s’ core values, or showcasing your favourite company projects, your office (or even retail space) provides multiple opportunities to reinforce your brand and brand messaging.

Take a peek at two examples below, one in our IDENT open office space and the other on a meeting room window at About Staffing. 

                       IDENT Aluminum Sign      About Staffing Window Decal

 

Think of internal branding as a platform that allows your people to embody the core behaviours driving your brand/company. By bringing your company values front and center, employees are constantly reminded of what their company stands for and how to better work on those principles.

We have graphics in our meeting rooms, customer service area and production bay, showing (most) of the behaviours that we embrace every day. View some examples below of some creative ways to display behaviours in your company.

 

     About Staffing Behaviours Window Decal       IDENT Behaviours Wall Decal

 

Whatever your business, whatever your space, interior signage will transform your space.

Don’t leave any surface untouched, walls, windows, floors and even ceilings are fair game for displaying your company logo and message LOUD and clear. There are lots of options, from dimensional logos, to brushed aluminum signs and even wall murals - just like the one here at IDENT showing our companys’ 6 core values.

Tile your logo to create a large mural display, like we did, or take it one step further and let it extend on to the ceiling. The options are pretty much endless!

 

IDENT Core Value Wall

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Magnetic Dry Erase Vinyl

We noticed options for dry erase products have been pretty limited to standard mount to wall whiteboards, giving us the opportunity to develop some new, more customizable, and affordable options. This product gives us the flexibility to make a range of shapes and sizes, print directly on the product and peel and stick to almost any surface. Not to mention - it's magnetic!

 

View the video below for product details and dry erase applications or give us a call and ask us about our new magnetic dry erase vinyl!

 

 

 

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WHMIS 101

The GHS system consists of ten symbols, or pictograms, giving us a quick and easy way to recognize hazards associated with certain substances. 

Think you know them all? Quiz yourself below!

WHMIS 101

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Sign Longevity 102: Abrasion Resistance

Lexan is one of the highest abrasion resistant laminates out there. Great for printed products that will come in contact with tools or have high abrasion needs, like tags or decals found around or on machines, equipment or even printed sandwich boards.

Take a peek at the video below to show how well Lexan laminate holds up to marks and scratches.

 

Next time your project needs a little extra protection, give us a call & we'll handle the rest!

1-800-661-1919

   

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TDG 101

TDG Basics

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Sign Longevity 101: Liquid Lamination vs Non Lamination

So you've started a new project, and now it's time to order some signage. Lamination is an important thing to consider for any type of printed product, such as signs, vehicle wraps and everything in between. It's a good idea to laminate any printed product that will be exposed to outside elements such as wind, rain, heat and cold.     That being said, there is a variety of laminates to choose from. Take a peek at our previous blog on our most common options: Different Types of Laminates & Their Uses

 

Our most common lamination, liquid lamination (shown in the video below) is an excellent way to add fade durability and minor abrasion resistance. 

 

   

If you have any questions about your next project, give us a call! 1-800-661-1919

 

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Vinyl 101

When it comes to decals (or stickers ;) ) there are so many options, that we have a solution for even the most unusual projects. We don’t want to bore you with too many details, so we created a small list of the most common vinyl, based on project needs, to help you gather your bearings.

     

Standard White Vinyl  Standard Vinyl is used for general decal applications like hard hats, pipe marking, and walls. Easy Peasy.

     

Blockout classification decal

Blockout Vinyl is typically used as a covering decal, covering an old emergency number or LSD, so you can save some $$ and cover one portion rather than replacing the whole sign. Looks just like a standard vinyl, but has a grey backing so the decal or sign your covering doesn’t show through.

     

Reflective Hard Hat Decal

Reflective Vinyl is generally used for information that needs visibility at night, such as Muster, Km marker or traffic signs.

     

Removable Wall Vinyl

Removable Vinyl is, well… removable. Sometimes your project requires a less permanent option for applications like temporary offices, branding projects and marketing campaigns. And because it’s removable, that means your walls stay chip-free!

     

Vehicle Decals

Vehicle Grade Vinyl is a conformable vinyl option, letting us cover the nooks and crannies of your vehicle, or equipment. Popular applications being of course, vehicle decals and decals that need to be applied to curved, or angled surfaces.

     

Boiler Hi Temp Decal

Hi(high) Temp Vinyl is available for decals that need to be applied to high-temperature areas, and can withstand temperatures between -30C to 140C. We mainly see hi-temp vinyl used for decals being applied to boilers, batteries, hot pipes, engine parts, and more.

     

Holiday Window Decal

Clear vinyl is the best option for any application you want to be transparent. Clear vinyl is great for vehicle window logos, logos or seasonal decals on office windows, and privacy or display decals on boardroom windows.

     

 

 

Still unsure of what you’re looking for?
No sweat!
Getting to know your signage needs is our passion.
Tell us about your project and we’d love to give a suggestion (or two) so you don’t have to worry about the little things a minute longer than you need to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Too Short, too long, just wrong - How to install hardware, just right!

Installing a sign may look easy peasy lemon squeezy, but we want you to know the proper way to install your sign hardware so your crisp new sign isn't wrecked in an instant.

3 Important Takeaways:

  • make sure to have galvanized hardware 
  • have a locking mechanism
  • have an appropriate spacer for the appropriate post.    

     

What happens when you install the wrong spacer? Take a peek at our short video

     

     

     

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Radio Controlled, Must Call... What Does it All Mean?

A lot of oil and gas activity takes place away from the closest Starbucks, so if you’re new to driving back country roads, you may be unsure about driving radio-assisted logging roads, or how to read Must Call signs.

Roadways need a variety of signs, including km markers, directional, traffic, speed and radio controlled signs. Missing signs only increase problems, drivers are left to guess at speed limits, which direction has the right away, the radio frequency and more!

We’ve gathered some examples of road marking signs that we think you might come across on your back-road adventures.

 

       

       

Radio Assist Signs

Radio Assist/Radio Controlled & Road Entry Signs

Even if you’ve been driving back country roads for 20 years, you might still be unsure of what it means when you see signs that say “Now Entering Mile 86 Road Radio Frequency RR25.” You might be thinking things like “Do I need to have a radio if I want to drive on this road?” “Where do I get a radio if I don’t have one” “Should I turn around and use a different road?” So let us help with some of that uncertainty!

From logging trucks to heavy haul trucks to pickups, they have been using radios to broadcast their locations on back country roads for a long time, so don’t get too discouraged! It helps to avoid accidents and radios are required for anyone working out there. Since most people using these roads are at their workplace the term radio-assisted is used instead of radio-controlled to let you know that radios are optional and drivers should be aware of vehicles travelling unannounced.

Road Entry signs usually indicate if the road is radio controlled, or radio-assisted and include information like the radio frequency, what road you’re entering and if you’re driving “Up”/”Empty” or “Empty”/”Loaded.”

     

Radio Controlled, Radio Assist & Road Entry Signs

       

The first thing to learn is the difference between “Up” and “Down” (BC) and “Empty” and “Loaded” (AB).
You’re driving “Up” or “Empty” when the numbers on the KM markers you’re passing are going up. You’re driving “Down” or “Loaded” when the numbers on the KM markers you’re passing are going down.
“Down” or “Loaded” traffic usually have the right-of-way, with the exception of large trucks like logging trucks. If you’re driving “Up” or “Empty” you need to pay attention to where the other vehicles are.

So if you’re ever lost and unsure on which direction will take you back to the main road or highway, follow the KM markers going down and you’ll find your way back!

         

KM Markers & Must Call Signs

Kilometer Markers are typically found at every kilometer or every 5 kilometers, indicating the road you’re on, what mile you’ve reached, and if you’re going “Up/Empty” or “Down/Loaded.”

   

Km Marking Signs, AB & BC

   

Every so often you’ll come across a Kilometer Marker that has “Must Call” written above the indicated mile or on a separate sign below. Must Calls are there to warn you that you’ll be driving on a dangerous part of the road, like a tight corner or blind spot, and that you must call for that designated mile.
If you’re in a smaller vehicle that either doesn’t have a radio or doesn’t have the right frequency, it’s best to either wait for another vehicle to carefully follow behind or slow right down and move to the far right of the road to avoid oncoming traffic. Don’t be scared if you have to hit the ditch, someone will be kind enough to help you out!

   

Must Call Signs

 

         

       

Bridge & Delineator Signs

Bridge and delineator signs go hand in hand, as they are frequently found near each other. Bridge signs are usually found on or near the bridge to indicate the weight limit, as well as a couple of kilometers away to give a heads up that a bridge is coming up.

   

Bridge Signs

   

Delineator signs come in to play when you reach the bridge, being found on either side of the bridge to warn you where the edges are, to prevent accidents. Delineators are a very effective guide at night and during crazy weather because they stay visible when the road/bridge is wet or covered.

Delineator Signs

         

         

Directional Signs

Directional signs are an important part to finding the right facility the first time (not the second or third time!)
Commonly you will find signs that state the company or type of facility with the associated kilometers and an arrow to indicate the direction. You will find these signs on higher traffic roads.

   

Directional Signs

     

         

By now you’ve probably figured out that driving back country roads aren’t quite the same as driving to the store for a jug of milk. You have to keep your wits about you and drive with extra caution, but now you hopefully feel confident enough to navigate your way around!

 

       

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How To Apply A Decal The Right Way!

Applying a decal can be tricky, especially when you have an audience! 
We have a few tips to help you get that decal laid up properly and quickly so you can impress all your coworkers. ;)

 

 

High quality, well-made signs sometimes outlive even the best vinyl decals. Not only is opting to replace the decal an inexpensive way to get more out of your investment in quality, but it also means less waste.
If videos aren't your thing or you're looking for a bit more detail, visit our blog Putting A New Decal On An Existing Sign.
Signs are looking a little worse for wear? Maybe you just need a whole new sign. Visit our blog When To Replace Damaged, Old, Or Weathered Oil And Gas Signs.

 

Still unsure if you should replace your whole sign, or if a decal replacement would be sufficient?
Get in touch! It's kind of our forte.

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5 W's of Tags

Signs are definitely the superhero of the group, leaving tags to be runnerup. That's why this month we wanted to highlight some of the signage duties that tags are usually responsible for! (Take a peek at our previous blog on Tag Materials here.)
We handpicked 5 (of what we deem to be our most popular) tags, to dive a little deeper and highlight the 5 W's (What, Where, When, Why, Who) of tags.

Let's get started!

       

     

DiscontinuedPipeline

Discontinued Pipeline Tags

Discontinued Pipeline tags are typically ordered by Field Operators and found outdoors, attached to the riser portion of the pipeline. The tag is there to indicate which pipeline(s) is being temporarily or permanently shut down (duh), with information where the pipeline starts and stops, products the pipeline was cleaned with, and what was in the pipeline before being cleaned. 

       

     

Inspection and Torque Tags

Inspection Torque Tags

Inspection Tags are usually ordered by Maintenance Foremen or HSE Personnel, and are usually found indoors, attached to a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, eyewash station or any other station/product that must be kept up to date. These tags are usually used for multiple years before biting the dust, but can be customized to fit any need.

Flange Inspection Tags (also know as Torque Tags) are similar to inspection tags, but a little bit more elaborate. Typically ordered by Maintenance Foremen or HSE Personnel as well, and can be found in both indoor and outdoor applications. These tags are there to clearly identify the various stages of inspection, modification and maintenance throughout the flange inspection process. 

       

     

Valve and Repair Tags

Valve Repair Tags

Maintenance Foremen are typically in charge of ordering Valve or Repair Tags. Valve Tags can be found typically outdoor, or in environments where the tag is exposed to the elements such as chemicals and is typically paired with a lock. They are mainly used for maintenance purposes or going through a turn around to indicate that the valve/line is shut down. Since Valve Tags are mainly used for maintenance purposes you can usually find them paired with a repair or maintenance tag as well.

       

Do Not Operate Tag

Do Not Operate/Lockout Tags

Maintenance Foremen usually order Do Not Operate tags for indoor or outdoor uses to ensure that dangerous machines are properly shut off and not able to be started up again until maintenance or repair work is finished. These tags can be put on every valve in the area being shut in to really enforce “Do Not Operate.” Lockout Tags can be paired with a repair tag or discontinued pipeline tag. If paired with a Discontinued Pipeline tag, the lockout tag would typically be attached to the valve, while the Discontinued Pipeline tag would be attached to the pipeline.

       

     

Whmis Tags

Whmis Tags

Whmis Tags are usually ordered by Field Operators or HSE Personnel, and can usually be found in outdoor and indoor applications, attached to a product, tank or container. Whmis Tags are another way to identify product if a decal isn’t the best solution. These tags are used to identify product with associated hazards and PPE requirements, depending on how it is stored it may be flammable, etc.  Gloves, eye protection and boots are typically used on the tags as they’re a daily requirement.

       

     

There are many requirements OSHA has for safety signs and tags, and it is important that every one of them are followed. This can be tricky if you order your tags and other signage from a third party every time they are needed, but no need to fret- IDENT knows all the requirements so you don't have to!

Make sure that your facility is labelled properly- give us a call, we'd love to help!

1-800-661-1919

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