Each year, hazard communication violations are among the most frequently cited by OSHA. In 2012 OSHA revised the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS 29 CFR 1910.1200) to align with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). This change begins June 1, 2015 for manufacturers, importers and distributors of hazardous chemicals.
OSHA’s Brief “Hazard Communication Standard: Labels and Pictograms” (DSG BR-3636 2/2103) states that global label standardization in the manufacture, transport and handling of hazardous chemicals will result in “improved quality and consistency in the classification and labeling of all chemicals, and will also enhance worker comprehension.” This translates to enhanced worker safety, more productivity and less downtime … and hopefully less citations.
The new HazCom/GHS labels must include: 1. Name, address and telephone number of the manufacturer/importer; 2. Product identifier (chemical name, code number and/or batch number); 3. Signal word (Danger or Warning); 4. Hazard and/or precautionary statements; 5. Black GHS pictogram in a red diamond. OSHA requires eight of the nine GHS pictograms: health hazard, flame, exclamation mark/irritant, gas cylinder, corrosion, explosion, flame over circle/oxidizer and skull/crossbones/toxicity. The symbol for environment/ toxicity is optional.
OSHA also revised Safety Data Sheets (formerly called Material Safety Data Sheets/MSDS) into 16 sections and requires organizations to train employees in the GHS pictograms, signal words and new SDS format.
The K-Sun® PEARLabel® 400iXL General Labeling Solution pairs the new PEARLabel® 400iXL Energy-Star certified, wide-format thermal transfer printer with powerful new PC software for industrial and safety labeling, wide heat shrink tube markers, custom and compliant pipe markers, tags and more. It’s the professional labeling and visual communication solution for today’s workplaces.
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K-Sun Corp. introduces PipeMarker V8™, a new software program for Microsoft Windows® 8, 7 and XP and bundled with the K-Sun® PEARLabel® 400iXL, a new 300-dpi, wide-format thermal transfer printer.
The new one- to four-inch capacity PEARLabel® 400iXL printer and software make it easy for safety and facility professionals to design and print custom ANSI and ASME A13.1 compliant pipe markers, tags and labels on all-weather adhesive supplies quickly and inexpensively, in-house and on-demand.
PipeMarker V8™ contains hundreds of pipe marker templates in English, Spanish and bilingual formats organized into easy to access categories. New categories include Food Processing and HVAC Duct Markers. Users can create custom pipe markers and add QR, DataMatrix and other bar codes for maintenance record access plus add additional text, sequence numbers, company logo, or symbols to help enhance communication on any pipe marker, tag or label. The software can instantly convert pipe marker formats into tag formats that are ready to print. Users also can design and print custom arrow, diagonal stripe and checkered tape in lengths up to 90 inches long.
K-Sun Corporation's new PEARLabel® 360 label printer system has received a Bronze "Industry Best" award from New Equipment Digest magazine's second annual King Awards. "We are thrilled that our PEARLabel 360 received an award this year," said Michael Kasun, president of K-Sun Corporation. "This is the second year of the competition, and our products have received recognition both years. That says volumes about our commitment to providing superior labeling solutions for industrial professionals."
The K-Sun PEARLabel® 360 printer was selected among several finalists in the Packaging Equipment and Supplies category by the readers of NED, who cast 6,000 votes in 10 specific industrial categories. The PEARLabel® 360 printer was featured on www.newequipment.com and in the April 2013 print edition.
With an industry-first life-time warranty, the PEARLabel 360 printer uses more than 125 different supplies, including heat shrink tube, polyester adhesive, bar code, magnetic, iron-on fabric and glow-in-the-dark tapes. It prints on 1/8" (4 mm) up to 1 1/2" (36 mm) width of supplies, has 15 bar code formats including QR and data matrix, and has margins settings adjustable down to 1 mm to reduce tape waste. It also features a half-cut option for easy removal of tape liner and the exclusive PEELGUARD® corner trimmer to improve label appearance, durability and permanence. The advanced software works with both PC and Mac, and a free app for iPhone® is available from the App Store®.