Safety Labels

Safety Labels are an excellent way for businesses to communicate important safety information to employees and visitors. Whether your business is in the energy sector, construction or the agricultural industry, the importance of safety labels can’t be overestimated. Your employees are at elevated risk for injury simply because of the nature of their jobs. Whether it's a worker in an assembly line or a construction crew on the move, it's important to protect them and your business from any risks.

Safety labels are most commonly made of adhesive-backed vinyl material to apply directly to a surface. A label is meaningless if it does not stick to a surface. Safety labels can be placed at every entrance and exit, on walkways, in bathrooms, and near any hazardous areas where there is a potential for injury. Labels are also frequently used on electrical equipment, near chemical hazards, and in locations with dangerous atmospheres. This will help ensure that everyone knows what they need to do in order to stay safe at all times during their shift or day on the job site.

3 Common Types of Safety Warning Labels

Facility, Emergency, and Fire Exit Labels

Stay in compliance with facility safety by performing periodic inspections to discover new hazards. Facility labels such like exit labels help navigate employees and visitors around the buildings 

They can be placed directly on doors, walls, stairways etc. The colors, pictograms, and messages of the labels help quickly convey important information.

Labels should not be torn or faded, and they should be legible at all times. All facilities need to have fire safety labels as part of their fire prevention equipment. These warning labels should be designed in a way that is very noticeable, with large and brightly colored fonts.

Chemical Labels

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has updated the requirements for labeling of hazardous chemicals under its Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). All labels are required to have pictograms, a signal word, hazard and precautionary statements, the product identifier, and supplier identification. 

Chemical Safety Labels

Machine Safety Labels

Machine Safety Labels help protect workers from needless and preventable injuries by creating awareness of dangers in the workplace. Comply with OSHA regulations and ensure that everyone in your plant or factory helps to guard against risk.

It is imperative for Warning labels to be placed on equipment, machinery and chemicals stored inside containers or outside tanks, electrical equipment, etc. These labels also serve as reminders not only for workers but also visitors who may not be familiar with these types of hazards in an industrial workplace setting.

Employers who use heavy machinery in their workplaces must comply with OSHA regulations and ensure that workers are aware of potential hazards. Safety labels can be used to create awareness of dangers, which can help guard against preventable injuries.

Durable Safety Labels

Most of our customers at AccuformNMC know exactly what their labels need to say, but may not know which material is best for their needs. With all the label materials out there, it is a challenge to determine the best material.

The Five Simple Questions to ask to determine the best label material:


1. What environment is the label going to be placed in?
Environmental factors have a significant role in picking the right material for your label. Many industries, such as mining and the military, require safety labels that can withstand harsh temperatures and atmospheric changes. 
2 What type of material and shape of surface are you placing the label onto?

The material and shape of surface on which a label is to be applied will dictate which material is most suitable. Convex-Curve Vinyl label material for example is made of flexible vinyl. This label will stay attached to curved or rounded surfaces such as equipment, machinery, and tools.

3. How are you planning to apply your label or what type of adhesive properties do you need?

Determining the right adhesive properties can prevent peeling and deterioration to your label. Factors like water exposure and humidity can weaken the adhesive of your safety label. 

Look for permanent adhesive if you require the labels to remain intact. Permanent adhesives provide a tamper-resistant label, with a high-quality seal that can't be removed without distorting or destroying the label or surface to which it was applied. 

Removable adhesive labels can be removed and reapplied or repositioned to different surfaces. It does not damage your belongings or display materials. Over time the label will eventually develop a strong bond with the surface and require more effort to remove.

4. Do you need security features?

Void, flaking, and breaking-apart security features are part of the destructible or tamper-label family. These are the ideal labels to secure assets and prevent unauthorized removal.

5. What type of surface does your label need to have?

Label surfaces are available in glossy or matte finishes for different applications. Generally, glossy surfaces are used when the label needs to be cleaned often and information can be filled out on the spot. Matte surfaces are ideal when labels need to withstand many elements, like dirt, dust, and liquids. A clear matte top can easily be written on with any marker, pen, or pencil.

Safety Labels