A look at labelling in industrial environments

A look at labelling in industrial environments

Wed 12th May 2021

Durable and clear labelling in industrial settings can serve several purposes. It can be deployed to make product or component identification easier in warehouse or production line settings for example. Or it may serve an altogether more safety-critical function. Here we explore the latter in a little more detail.

Looking back at some of the hazardous working practices that were once deemed acceptable, it’s no surprise that in some industries, workplace accidents were commonplace. It now seems unimaginable that at one time, individuals were allowed to work at great heights without any clear precaution instructions visible, or that workers were able to handle highly toxic materials without safe use guidance being clearly communicated, for example.

Thankfully, things have moved on, and safety for employees and the public is now paramount.

Industry insight: Three of the latest statistics around workplace safety

The importance of effective site safety labelling in the context of risk management is still clear to see. Whilst serious accidents at work are now a fraction of what they once were in the UK, in 2019/20, they still accounted for:

  1. 111 workers killed at work.
  2. 693,000 working people sustaining an injury at work (according to the Labour Force Survey).
  3. 65,427 injuries to employees reported under RIDDOR.


Signs that show your business is taking workforce wellbeing seriously.

Industrial labels, especially those used for health and safety, play a critical part in the manufacturing process. Used for applications such as compliance, traceability, shipping, and stock control, they need to be durable and be able to withstand hot and cold temperatures, abrasion, chemicals, and exposure to solvents.

Industrial labels need to perform in all environments and cope with variable surfaces and different working conditions. There is no one size fits all solution so, if your work environment is potentially a volatile one, it’s important that you work closely with your label supplier to create a bespoke solution.

Safety is critical in the manufacturing process. Whatever the size of your business you’ll need an established and well understood set of health and safety procedures and appropriate labelling that will help make those procedures effective. This will keep your people safe and ensure you’re health and safety compliant.

A rundown of just some of the important health and safety labels to consider. . .

Mandatory labels – what you need to know

Mandatory labels are used to alert people to what items of PPE they are expected to wear. They remind your employees and visitors to take safety seriously, as well as to ensure that you’re remaining compliant with health and safety regulations.

The importance of No Naked Flame stickers

These stickers remind people not to light up a cigarette or use any other kind of naked flame in areas that contain flammable material. They’re most often seen at petrol stations, and play a key role on oil rigs, in labs and other industrial settings. They stop people from acting without thinking, and inadvertently causing a serious incident.

Why you need High-Visibility clothing reminders

High-visibility clothing plays an important role in keeping people safe in different working environments, such as construction sites, railways, and roads. They make people easy to spot, particularly during times of low-light. High-visibility clothing stickers remind workers and visitors that it’s required before you enter the site.

The environments where you need Danger High-Voltage stickers

Unsurprisingly, electrical safety stickers are found at any location where you find electrical infrastructure such as junction boxes, or sub-stations. In a workplace, any location where high-voltage equipment is found can represent a serious threat of injury. Electrical safety labels alert people to the danger.

 The importance of clearly labelling your Fire-Extinguisher points

A well worked out fire safety procedure is essential for any workplace. Fire extinguishers play a key part in workplace fire safety and they need to be clearly marked if they’re to be of any use. These red and white fire safety labels ensure that the fire extinguisher point is clearly visible. Some stickers also let you know what type of extinguisher they are such as water, carbon dioxide or foam.

How to stay safe with Ear-Protection labels

In high noise working environments ear protection is essential to prevent serious long-term damage to hearing. Ear protection stickers remind people to put on their ear protectors before entering a high-noise area.

Get in touch

At Venture, we’re experienced at creating high-quality safety labels for all kinds of industries at competitive prices. We help to make sure that your premises are as safe as they can be and keep you compliant.

If you’re looking for industrial labels, contact us today for a quote.


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