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Gender Neutral Signage - Embracing our Diversity

Posted by Anita Bihun on

Gender Neutral Signage - Embracing our Diversity

Gender Neutral Signage helps to play a role in building a more accepting culture that acknowledges our diversity in public spaces. Inclusivity and understanding are essential building blocks for creating this culture. The growing demand for signage that doesn’t discriminate will only increase in the coming years. With that in mind, companies have implemented inclusivity onto their signage in the following ways:  By Adding Gender Neutrality, that doesn’t enforce gender binaries to their signs. For Example: While the adult pictogram depicting a half female, half-male figure appears in many gender-neutral signs, this pictogram is unclear and could trigger, as it implies...

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Vehicle Markings for Safety

Posted by Kelvin Scott on

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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Wayfinding Basics

Posted by Kelvin Scott on

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

Posted by Kelvin Scott on

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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Whats New in 2019

Posted by Kelvin Scott on

Whats New in 2019

A new year means new regulations that may affect your industry. We've rounded up a few recent and upcoming changes that you should be aware of. WHMIS 2015 Don't let the name fool you, the deadline for WHMIS 2015 compliance was actually December 1, 2018. WHMIS 2015 incorporates the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) for Canadian Workplaces. GHS has been adopted by many of Canada's trading partners, including the United States. Check out our selection of WHMIS products with new signal words and pictograms as well as our Hazard Awareness Charts to familiarize yourself with the new...

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High-Visibility Safety

Posted by Kelvin Scott on

High-Visibility Safety

Workers in a variety of jobs and industries rely on high-visibility (Hi-Vis) products to stay safe, particularly in dark or dimly lit places. Everyone from construction workers and police officers to school bus drivers benefit from high-visibility products. High-visibility products generally consist of high contrast colours in fluorescent or reflective materials. This applies to both signage found in the workplace and apparel worn by workers. At Western Safety Sign our signs feature high contrast schemes including OSHA and ANSI standards to improve readability. Construction and Regulatory Traffic Signs are reflective as per provincial and federal guidelines, and the vast majority...

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