When it comes to product safety labeling, it can be helpful to take a step beyond looking at labels singularly, in order to see the larger picture of safety. Safety labels can function as a system – a safety communication system – to most effectively improve safety and reduce liability.
How can this approach be put into practice? Here’s where the concept of safety label kitting comes into play. Kits are a means to bring together all of the safety labels needed for a specific product or piece of equipment, place them in one package, and give the package a single part number. By ordering labels to be delivered in this way, kits can support a systems approach to labeling. Since multiple safety labels are often placed on products, kitting allows the group of labels selected for a product to be easily understood as a system.
Multiple on-product safety labels reinforce each other, working as a “system” to convey essential safety messages (left). A typical kit of safety labels (right).
To learn more about a system approach to labeling through safety label kits, read the Clarion “On Your Mark” article featured in the latest issue of In Compliance Magazine, which discusses how labels work together as a system to most effectively improve safety and reduce liability. Authored by Clarion CEO Geoffrey Peckham, “On Your Mark” is a regular column that explores labeling and graphical symbols, and how they’re used to convey safety messages.
Stay tuned here on the Clarion Safety Systems blog for the next article in this series – and for more insight on best practice safety signs, labels, and markings.