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CONSTRUCTION SAFETY, where to begin

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CONSTRUCTION SAFETY, where to begin

CONSTRUCTION SAFETY, where to begin. If you have ever wondered where to find the rules and regulations governing Construction Safety, an internet search will provide 100's of options. The search results will show links to Government Agencies, Industry Associations, private training companies and digital media sites, each of them offering varying degrees of relevant information. The best place to start, is with your local Industry Association. In our area, there is a City Construction Association, an Association of Rural Construction Contractors and a Provincial Association. You can use your local association for resources like Specifications, Regulations, Training, Covid-19 protocols etc. National Standards...

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Three quick questions regarding CONFINED SPACE in the workplace

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Three quick questions regarding CONFINED SPACE in the workplace

Three quick questions regarding Confined Space in the workplace: What is a Confined Space?   When is it a "PERMIT REQUIRED" confined space? What about COVID-19? 1. WHAT IS A CONFINED SPACE?- When a work space has limited openings for Enter or Exit. - The space is not intended for continuous human occupation. - Space is large enough to enter and conduct work. Confined spaces include, but are not limited to: tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, duct work, pipelines etc. 2. WHEN IS IT A "PERMIT REQUIRED" CONFINED SPACE?WHEN IMMINENT DANGER IS PRESENT, you must...

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Vehicle Markings for Safety

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Vehicle Markings for Safety

Vehicles are an integral part of your business. Whether you drive a pickup to the job site, a semi-truck cross country, or operate a backhoe at a construction site, there are many things a vehicle operator can be responsible for that can impact the safety of themselves and others. Safety requirements for vehicles differ from province to province (or state) and we highly recommend you consult the requirements for the areas in which you operate. However we have put together a list of a few of the most commonly ordered and asked about products that we carry. GVW and TARE Decals...

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Stencils 101

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Stencils 101

As adults, stencils tend to be more practical than fantastical, but for many people, stencils are something we've used since childhood. They're also something most people have never needed to design themselves and we get a lot of questions about them. Follow along with our fictional company ABC Soup and learn the 2 most common issues with creating a stencil, how we can address them, and how we can get started on your custom stencil today. Issue 1 - Bridges & Voids (Or, why doesn't it look like what I sent you?) Our fictional company ABC Soup sends us over their...

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Wayfinding Basics

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Wayfinding Basics

They say everyone is looking for something, and the best way to help them out is with effective wayfinding signage. What is wayfinding signage? Simply put, any type of signage that helps you find your way. There are two common types of wayfinding signage: Informative - This includes directory boards, floor markers, directional arrows, door names, and numbers. Emergency - Fire and emergency exits, muster points, first aid locations, and glow in the dark signage fall into this category. Wayfinding signage is so common that we often don't really think about it, but there are a few important things to...

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Lockout / Tag Out for Safety

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Lockout / Tag Out for Safety

Lock Out / Tag Out (LOTO for short) is a safety measure that many of us have practised, even if we've never heard the term. Generally guards or barriers maintain worker safety while machines are operating. However there are situations where these guards may be removed, such as maintenance, repair, or removal of clogs and jams. A Lock Out device prevents the equipment from operating or energizing (powering on) in these situations. Tag Out is the labelling process that is used when Lock Out is required and ensures the equipment is only activated when its safe to do so. Lock...

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