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Contaminated land can pose a variety of risks, from exposing people to pollutants to environmental damage through run-off and groundwater drainage. However, it is not always easy to identify polluted land.

Who is responsible for contaminated land and how can you signpost the dangers effectively? Contaminated land signs are essential when it comes to identifying the hazards associated with polluted land when used correctly.

Below, we discuss how to deal with contaminated land and why you need contaminated land signs to reduce risk.

What Is Contaminated Land?

Land is defined as being ‘contaminated’ when substances present can cause one or more of the following:

  • Significant harm to people, property or protected species of wildlife.
  • Significant pollution of surface waters (for example lakes and rivers) or groundwater.
  • Harm to people as a result of radioactivity.

There are many different hazards associated with contaminated land, from the danger of corrosive or toxic substances to biological and radioactive hazards. Pollution can be caused by several things, but the most common sources are:

  • Heavy metals
  • Oils and tars
  • Chemical substances and preparations, like solvents
  • Gases
  • Asbestos
  • Radioactive substances

Areas of extreme contamination are classed as ‘special sites’. These sites have an added level of risk, for instance by seriously affecting drinking water, by having radioactivity contamination or because they have been used for certain industrial activities like oil refining or making explosives.

If land is contaminated, it will feature on the Contaminated Land Register (UK). properly signposting the hazards it poses is vital to ensure the safety of workers and to deter unauthorised entry onto the land.

Who is Responsible for Contaminated Land?

Contaminated land law is in place to identify and help manage polluted sites. The law states that if land is legally considered ‘contaminated land’, then whoever caused the contamination is responsible for dealing with it.

There are a few exceptions to this, though: if the person can’t be identified, or the council decides they are exempt, then the council will usually pass responsibility for the land to the landowner or the person using the land.

Not all contaminated land is dealt with in the same way. For some sites, the decision may be to clean up the contamination. However, for others, the solution might instead be to fence the area off and make sure the dangers are easily identifiable. That is where contaminated land signs come in.

How to Use Contaminated Land Signs

Contaminated land signs have numerous uses and advantages, namely:

  • Help to warn the workforce, contractors or the public about the dangers of contaminated land.
  • Discourage unauthorised entry onto contaminated sites.
  • Available with a variety of colours and messages, making them versatile.
  • Made of durable, rigid plastic, and resistant to all types of weather.

Place contaminated land signs around the perimeter of a site as well as close to key hazards to ensure the dangers are easily identifiable. Doing so considerably lowers the risk around contaminated sites and will help protect your workers.

These signs can also help you help to meet requirements under the Environmental Protection Act, Contaminated Land Regulations (2006) England and the 2012 amendment, the Water Act 2003, Contaminated Land Scotland Regulations 2000 and 2005 amendment, and the Welsh Government Statutory Guidance on Contaminated Land.

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All our contaminated land signs are durable, weather-resistant, and feature recognisable warning symbols.

As the label industry progresses, so does the need for unique, specific labels. Magnetic labels are now becoming increasingly popular due to their ease of use, especially with metal racking and shipping.

However, to make the most out of magnetic labels, you need to know where to use them. Learning the differences between magnetic and non-magnetic labels can save you time, money and help keep your staff safe.

Below, we list the differences as well as the best uses for magnetic labels.

Differences Between Magnetic and Non-Magnetic Labels

A magnetic label is one which has magnetic properties. This means these labels use a backing with a magnetic alloy, usually iron, nickel and/or cobalt. The front of the label is usually made out of rubber or thick plastic.

Non-magnetic labels, by contrast, tend to be thinner as they don’t need metal alloys. They’re typically smaller, too, since magnetic labels are commonly used on large vehicles and metal racking.

Magnetic labels tend to be more robust than their non-magnetic counterparts. This is mostly because of their magnetic materials, but also because of their demanding uses.

Uses For Magnetic Labels

Magnetic labels have numerous uses and advantages, namely:

  • Helping to signpost racking which has dangerous or hazardous substances.
  • Signposting metal shipping containers to inform couriers of hazardous contents.
  • Can be reused multiple times, saving businesses money.
  • Come in a variety of shapes, sizes and hazard types, meaning they are flexible and versatile.
  • Resistant to all types of weather.

Typically, these types of labels will be used in the shipping industry. They are most commonly seen on shipping containers and vehicles.

They can be used in factories, too, if metal racking is commonly used. However, it is not recommended to use magnetic labels in areas with a strong magnetic field, such as certain labs, research facilities or outdoor refineries.

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Our range of magnetic labels are suitable for the carriage of dangerous and hazardous goods by road, rail, air and water, plus they comply with BS 5609 standards for seawater use.

Overall, our range of signs will stay magnetic and function well pretty much anywhere.

ANSI stands for American National Standards Institute, a not-for-profit organisation that mediates and reviews safety standards in the United States. The organisation is responsible for products, services, personnel and, best of all, labels!

ANSI was founded by a group of engineers in 1918 and, since then, it has grown into an organisation that governs a wide range of safety policies.

So, what is the purpose of the ANSI? In total, the activity of the ANSI outside of the US includes:

  • Promoting US safety standards across the world
  • Advocating for US policy in international organisations
  • Holding technical positions in organisations
  • Facilitating the use of international safety standards

However, what does a US organisation have to do with the UK? Well, given their international activites, ANSI has a big say in UK safety policy, and this is reflected in ANSI safety symbols.

Below, we outline the role ANSI safety labels have in the UK and why it may be important for you to use them.

Why Would I Need To Use ANSI Safety Labels?

ANSI safety labels have one major benefit over their UK and EU counterparts: detailed descriptions. These descriptions breakdown the hazard, the consequences of interacting with it, and provide information on how best to avoid it.

Curious about how to use hazard labels? Don’t think you need them? Then read ‘Whoops: The Costs and Consequences of Improper Signage’ to get informed.

Overall, there are several kinds of ANSI safety labels: 

  • High voltage
  • Crush hazard
  • Pinch point
  • Chemical warnings
  • Hot surface
  • PPE symbols

In the UK, you will need to use COSHH labels to warn against hazards. However, if you’re exporting goods to the United States that fall into the above hazards, you will need to invest in ANSI safety symbols too.

However, these can be used in the UK to supplement certified COSHH labels should you want them to. They feature hazard symbols that comply with ISO EN 1710, so they will be recognisable in the UK.

Where Can I Get ANSI Safety Symbols?

So, where could you possibly get American National Standards Institute labels in the UK? Well, Label Source of course!

We stock a wide range of ANSI safety labels, so you can export goods and services to the US with peace of mind.

Pallet bay markers are common sights in the majority of modern factories. They play a foundational role in pallet and loading dock safety. For both forklift drivers and floor staff, they provide a layer of essential security.

Exports are significantly more fluid thanks to pallet bay markers, too. They help streamline the entire process.

Below, we discuss loading bay safety procedures and why you need pallet bay markers.

How to Use Pallet Bay Markers

So, what do pallet bay markers do, exactly? Well, they make identifying loading bays easier. This helps on two levels: the labels ensure staff do not get in the way of forklifts and loading procedures become smoother.

To ensure they are identified easily, we recommend using the following labels:

  • Floor marking corners
  • Floor marking circles
  • Between pallet markers
  • Floor marking arrows

Ideally, you would use floor marking corners to make a square where a pallet can fit. Then, in between those corners, you should use floor marking circles and between pallet markers to fill in the lines of the square. Finally, you should use a floor marking arrow to show which side the pallet should be loaded.

There are a variety of eye-catching pallet bay marker colours available, so they are easily identifiable. These are used primarily for stacking pallets from the floor, but they can be used to help organise traffic too.

Pallet Safety and Loading Bay Safety Procedures: The Law

Employers have a duty of care that they must uphold. This involves everything in the workplace, including warehouse racking and pallet safety.

We talked in-depth about warehouse racking in our detailed post, Shelve It: How to Label Warehouse Racking. This discusses the ins-and-outs of racking safety, and pallet bay safety is very similar.

An employer must follow these two laws:

  • Workplace Health, Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998

The HSE also lists guidance via HSE 76: Warehouse and Storage.

Overall, these laws and the HSE dictate that warehouse and pallet racking should be to a safe standard, regularly checked for damage and easily recognisable by the workforce.

Identification such as pallet bay labels can help employees stay aware of the risks surrounding loading bay procedures and ensure their safety stays paramount.

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PAT test labels are a common sight in workplaces across the world. They’re found on all types of appliances, from microwaves to computers to fridges. If it’s an appliance, then it needs to be PAT tested.

If appliances aren’t tested, the employer will be liable if they malfunction. While it doesn’t take long to do, a PAT test is the foundation of a robust safety strategy in all workplaces.

Below, we explain how to do a PAT test, what the UK’s PAT testing regulations are, and what a PAT test actually is.

What is a PAT Test?

PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing. These tests ensure electrical appliances are safe to use in the workplace.

A PAT test consists of two stages: a visual inspection and a deeper review using specialised equipment. In total, a PAT test looks at:

  • Insulation resistance
  • Earth continuity
  • Lead polarity

As you can probably tell from this list, a professional must conduct a PAT test. A member of staff can conduct the visual part of the test, but you will need a certified electrician to do the full PAT test.

PAT testing is mandated by The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. This law does not make a the test a legal requirement, but it does maintain that electrical appliances should be kept in a safe condition.

To do that to an adequate level, businesses must set up regular PAT testing for their appliances. Grading appliances using the following three metrics calculate how often they should be tested:

  • Risk level
  • Electrical class
  • Appliance category

Factors like age, frequency of use and the appliance’s history are very important too. So, if an appliance is medium risk, in an important electrical class and is an essential appliance, then it should be tested every six months.

It is not a legal requirement to label equipment with a PAT test label, but it does help with organising tested appliances.

How to Do a PAT Test

To conduct a PAT test, it is recommended that you attend a PAT testing course and hold a PAT testing certificate. Even if you’re handy with electronics, lacking this information and documentation is a big risk.

The only piece of equipment you need to conduct a PAT test is a PAT tester. There are many models available on the market, and if you’re a business who needs these tests, it’s worth investing in one.

Simply plug the electrical appliance into the PAT tester, and press the appropriate button depending on the appliance class. So, if it’s a class one appliance, you would press the class one button.

This will then give three readings: one for insulation resistance, one for earth continuity and one for lead polarity. It will then provide a pass or fail grade.

It is then essential for the tester to log the results in an equipment test record log. This should contain all visual information about the appliance and the readings given by the PAT tester.

Of course, as an extra layer of protection, you should make sure to add a PAT test label to the equipment. Labels are an effective contingency if the equipment test log is lost or destroyed.

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