Last week Cliff, our owner, came into the office and shared with our team a recent discovery. He told us that the night before he had taken his daughter to a birthday party at a local business in the Raleigh area. While there he noticed that this business’s electrical panel was blocked. He took a quick picture and went on with his evening. Using this picture he posed the question, “What can we do to fix this?” In answering this question, we discussed OSHA article 1910.303 (h)(5)(i) which demands that the area around an electrical palen be completely clear. Our owner pointed out that we do have a solution for this predicament. That solution is our electrical panel floor marking kits that clearly mark and electrical panel, keeping it from being obscured. He then proposed to send out two of our team members to this business and offer to install a free electrical panel kit in exchange for permission to film the installation and get a picture of the electrical panel after the kit is installed. We did not want to share the name of this business, but our owner explained, what we want is a real-life example of what real businesses are struggling with, and we want to help.
The next day we sent out two of our team member to go to this business and propose our solution for them. Unfortunately, the business was unreceptive of our help and we were told that if we want to give this business something free, we should just mail it to them. Our team members decided to take this same offer to other businesses in the Raleigh area and were turned down, time after time. These rejections ranged from: “No” to “We’re not going to let you in our back room” to “You’re going to have to call corporate.” After a few hours of this the team decided to head back to the office and regroup. We then decided that we should open up this opportunity to the whole community.
If you’re a business in the Raleigh community and are struggling with the same problem we would love to help you. We would be happy to come to your business and install a free electrical panel kit in exchange for a before and after picture and an opportunity to film the installation. Don’t worry, we won’t post any of your businesses information without permission. We know businesses are struggling with this OSHA regulation and we believe we have the best solution for the problem and we would like to prove it. If you are interested, please email us a “before” picture of your electrical panel to email@example.com with your business’s phone number so we can set up an appointment for the quick installation. This offer is valid only while supplies last. We look forward to hearing from you.
Here at Stop-Painting.com we have an enourmous selection of floor signs. Many of these have been customized by previous or current customers to meet their specific needs, but we wanted to help customers understand what floor signs are must haves in every warehouse and facility.
The first and most important thing to understand about anti-slip tapes is what makes them slip-resistant. As you’ve probably guessed by now, not all anti-slip tapes are created equal. Some provide better slip resistance than others; some are more suited for domestic use rather than a factory or warehouse environment.
It is important to understand how the slip resistance of the tape is measure to be able to make an informed decision as to which tapes to use. There are a number of ways people have measured the slip resistance of a particular flooring, but only a few have been recognized and established as the standard both nationally and internationally. Most of the standardized methods provide a coefficient of friction (COF), which is interpreted to determine the slip resistance of the floor or anti-slip product.
The first of these tests is called the Pendulum Slip Resistance Tester (ASTM E303-93). It involves setting up a pendulum device that drags a standardized piece of rubber over the flooring and provides a reading for the slipperiness of the floor. The test was first developed in the United Kingdom, so the number is called the British Pendulum Number (BPN). However, it has been adopted in 49 nations and was endorsed in 2001 by the Ceramic Tile Institute of America (CTIOA). When the pendulum misses the floor entirely, the BPN is zero. Number closer to zero indicate a very slippery floors while higher number indicate slip resistant floors. Australia has developed standards for the readouts that have been adopted worldwide by those who utilize the test. For example, external ramps must have a BPN of 54 in order to be considered slip resistant, external walkways such as pedestrian crossings must have a BPN of 35.
The Tortus digital tribometer is another slip-resistance test that has been adopted as a standard in many countries. Tribometers are often referred to as “motorized drag-skid meters;” they travel across the floor a a constant speed under their own power while dragging a piece of standardized rubber. The Tortus measures the dynamic coefficient of friction (DCOF), or the slip resistance of flooring when encountered by an object already in motion. Readings below.50 indicate a slip resistant floor. Since 2001, the CTIOA has regarded the Tortus tribometer as a secondary standard to the pendulum. The tribometer is sometimes preferred to the pendulum test because it can perform many tests in a short period of time. It is also less likely that the operator can manipulate or influence the results of the tribometer test.
Lastly, the BOT-3000 SlipTester is another test used to measure the DOCF. It is also a motorized drag-sled meter and is utilized by the American National Safety Institute’s (ANSI) B101.3 test, a test designed to measure skid resistance of flooring. It is used to measure DCOF at a lower speed than the pendulum and Tortus tribometer, although it functions the same way as the Tortus. The standards for the BOT-3000 have been developed by the ANSI in order to provide a national standard for evaluating the results of the test. A DCOF of .43 or greater indicates a highly slip resistant flooring. A reading between .30 and .43 indicates a low slip resistance and any reading below .30 is not considered slip resistant. The ANSI has also stated that a minimum of . 45 is required for ramps to be considered slip resistant.
There are several other tests that can be used to determine the slip resistance of flooring, but these three have been adopted by national organizations and have established standards for interpreting their results. As we said before, not all tapes have been created equal, and every company will claim their product is the best on the market. Hopefully, with our research you will be able to understand the best products for your facility and context.
Investing in stencils can be a seemingly frustrating task.
What size do I need?
What material should I get?
Worry no longer; the following blog post will answer those questions you didn’t even know you had.
First things first, why use stencils?
There are many reasons to use stencils as opposed to free handing. Stencils are the easiest way to label the parking lot, while free-handing takes longer and it isn’t uniform, not to mention that most people don’t have great handwriting skills. The fastest and best way to label a parking lot is with stencils.
What about pedestrian lanes in a warehouse?
And turning arrows on the highway?
Stencils are the perfect solution for those as well.
Now that we’ve decided that stencils are a perfect choice for marking parking lots, highways, and warehouse floors, the next step is deciding which stencils to purchase. There are many different options. The stencils with the lowest cost to you initially would be stencils made from cardboard, but they are also the stencils that will will most likely only last for one use. They are less durable and if you try and salvage them for multiple uses, they are very difficult to store, actually increasing your cost over time. Brass stencils are a good option for a stencils with durability and usability. Not only do they last longer, but they are interlocking, making sure stencils are not crooked or slip. Interlocking stencils make for a guaranteed great final product.
Another great option for stencils in an industrial setting are stencils made from low density polyethylene plastic, or LDPE. LDPE stencils are available in two different thickness. First, is the Maxilast material which are 1/8″ (.125 mil) thick and the most durable plastic stencils. They are the best option for a long time investment. Secondly, is the Durolast material which is half as thick as the Maxilast giving it a 1/16″ (0.60ml) thick material. While still surpassing the competition in durability, the Durolast stencil offers a more economical option. Both of the stencil options will help you stay simple and clean, and they store easily. Once the paint has dried, simply peel the dried paint from the stencil and roll the stencil up to be stored until the next use. Easy to use, easy to clean, and easy to store make the LDPE stencils the best option for stenciling.
Choosing the correct stencil material is crucial in your success in your floor marking endeavors. From the highway to the parking lot to the warehouse, every aspect of your business is affected by how you use words and symbols to communicate to your customers and employees. With that being said, it is evident that using stencils is the most effective, efficient, and economical option to ensure excellent communication.
Driving with limited visibility at night can be very dangerous. Statefarm.com reports that 90% of a driver’s reaction with driving depends on visibility. Furthermore, it is not surprising that fatal accidents occur three times more at night than during the day. With this being the case, we are excited to offer our customers a new product to increase safety during night traffic with solar road studs.
These studs, or road reflectors, are just like reflective road studs but use solar energy to power embedded LED lights. Additions of embedded LED light in each stud gives these reflectors a significant advantage over traditional studs by increasing drivers reaction time. Since reaction time is mainly based on vision, solar road studs can give drivers up to a 30 second reaction time as opposed to a 3.2 reaction time from conventional road studs. Drivers having ten times greater visibility can reduce accident rates up to 70%.
Although solar road studs are more expensive up front, they are not necessary to line an entire highway. They are best used when installed in high risk areas such as winding roads, sharp turns, and areas where street lighting is limited. The solar road studs can be embedded or installed on the surface. They are also avaliable with cast iron housing to protect them from snow plough damage. As technology continually advances, we are striving to advance traffic and warehouse safety and look forward to meeting more industry needs.
*Photo Credit: www.teamspeed.com
Here at Stop-Painting.com we are constantly trying to come up with new products for our customers to use for their 5S program. Companies place value in 5S methods because of the benefits it gives towards improving production. Without any type of organization in workflow, companies experience low teamwork efficiency, high cost of inventory, and strenuous workplace conditions.
The first stage of 5S involves sorting through unnecessary items that might be leading to unproductive workspaces. Company morale can be low when workers are wasting time trying to find tools for their current projects. Stress can mount when employees are unable to finish everyday task on time. Therefore, it is vital to implement a workplace sorting system. Companies often start with a system called “red tagging.”Once you have red-tagged items that need to be sorted, you have to then place them in a designated area know as the “Holding Area.” This is where we have developed a new product to help our customers “sort”.
Our new “5S Red Tag Holding Area Tape” and “5S Red Tag Holding Area Floor Sign” has been designed just for “sorting”. The tape will provide flexibility, durability, and 5s identification. Flexibility will provide easy application and being made of PVC material allows for easy removability to arrange for any 5S Red Tag Holding Area. Durability will prove to be beneficial in holding areas that are exposed to high traffic or heavy equipment. 5S identification implements both the “Standardize” and “Shine” stage of the 5S program. Visual management is key to upholding both of these stages. This is why we have included each stage of 5S on our new tape and sign.
Workers will be reminded of 5S/Lean core values anytime they are around your Red Tag Holding Area. They will visually be reminded of what they should be doing to uphold 5S/Lean principles.
So you want to create a safer environment, either for your personal space, facility, or workplace. You want to prevent slipping hazards from occurring, but where do you start?
There may be a lot of information regarding slip and fall prevention that you do not know or are unsure about, and our goal is to outline the different aspects of slip prevention and safety in a clear way. Hopefully, by learning more about what options are avaliable, you will be able to find the perfect product for your specific safety needs.
Slips and falls in the workplace account for nearly twenty percent of all work-related injuries each year. Those falls not only represent individuals who will suffer moderate to severe injuries, but also billions of company dollars spent on workers compensation every year. Without a doubt, watching people fall in a movie or video on the internet has great comedic value. However, for those in the workplace, slipping and falling is anything but a joke.
When you stop to think about the productivity lost when these employees are injured and unable to work, the amount of money spent on workers compensation, and the damaged reputation of the company as a result, the prevention of slipping and falling becomes paramount.
This is where anti-slip tape and floor treatments are invaluable in creating workplace safety. They are often very easy to apply and will quickly and effectively reduce the risk of slipping in a given situation. Anti-slip tapes are ideal for quick and easy floor treatment and prove very effective in reducing the risk of slipping in problem areas in the facility. Safe floors mean safe employees and customers, which not only increases productivity but also creates some peace of mind for employers as well.
We are excited to bring a much-needed addition to their anti-slip tape selection. This new addition comes as a response to improve facility safety and contribute to decreasing work place accidents and fatalities. In 2012, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 219,630 cases of slip, fall, and trips. Of those over 200,000 cases 668 resulted in a fatality due completely to or in part of the fall. Although many of these falls occur from multi-level surfaces as scaffolds, 65% of falls are actually related to the same level.
Some of these incidents occur because of insufficient lighting or carrying an overweight load, but most occur because of surfaces not being clean and orderly which is a failure of compliance with OSHA regulation 1910.22.
With this reality in mind, Stop-Painting.com is continues to meet industry need with a new contoured anti-slip tape. In addition to the great selection of anti-slip tapes, this new USA manufactured addition has a unique ridged pattern making it rough and effective. Furthermore, it is weather resistant and can be used on dry or wet pavement areas, making it ideal for all types of industries. Another useful feature is its patented retro-reflective system making it visible during the night.
The tape is offered in a solid black color as a thirty-foot roll in four, six, and eight-inch widths. Not only does this tape add safety to a facility, it is also simple and easy to install. Each roll can be cut to desired length with a razor blade and simply applied to a dry clean area. In the need of removal or a location change, the tape is sturdy enough to be moved in one single piece.
“Adding our new contoured anti-slip tape to your facility will greatly increase traction, make you compliance with OSHA regulation, and give employees peace of mind.” advises Cliff Lowe, the Managing Director of InSite Solutions.
Please visit our website for complete product information or call 1-866-284-1521.
As we continue to grow year after year we have grown to have valued customers that span the entire United States, and we make it a priority to serve each of them with the best customer service possible. With these goals in mind, we are excited to bring Al Barker on as a National Account Manager.
Al Barker, a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, holds a degree in marketing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to his education, he has over twenty years of sales experience with multi-million dollar companies in which he exceeded sales goals and created strategic partnerships. He has been involved in sales, marketing, business development, training and staffing during his career. The majority of his experience in sales involved the industrial identification/labeling marker, which makes him a great fit here at Stop-Painting.com.
Although based in the Mideast, Al is also available nationally to serve our customers. He will also be working to bring new business and partnership to us.
With the addition of Al, we are now offing a no-charge expert floor-marking and sign audit for any facility that qualifies. The facility audit is conducted based on customer’s marking concerns/issues and OSHA/ANSI regulation for creating a safe work environment for employees. These audits will begin with a tour around the entire facility concluding with advisement as to what floor signage is suggested for the facilities.
For more information concerning these floor-marking audits please call us at 919-569-6765.
As the second snow storm passes through the East this winter we are forever thankful for the snowplows that clear our roads. Without them how long would we have to stay cooped up in our homes? Would children ever get to go back to school? Adults to work? Needless to say, we are glad to have snowplows and thankful to those who serve us and clear our roads. However, when it comes to road maintenance, snowplows can be quite costly.
For states that are not required to plow most of their winter season, their roads are not equipped with recessed road reflectors. Consequently, every pass a plow makes the road reflectors are ripped up and pilled on the side of the road. This is exactly what has happened this past week in states in the Southeast. Road reflectors are a collateral damage for clearing roads, but can cost up to $175 a mile to replace.
Furthermore, their replacement might not come for a couple of years depending on their placement on the maintenance rotation. Although spending more and more funds to replace these reflectors seems counter productive, most area can replace reflectors several times for lower cost than investing in recessed reflectors. This is mainly attributed to necessary equipment needed in the application process.
So as the winter season comes to an end, be sure to use caution while driving at night and in due time we will see those road reflectors replaced to guide our night travel.keep looking »