Keeping Food Processing Workers Safe - Food labeling safety guide Announced by Graphic Products, Inc.

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Known worldwide for DuraLabel printers, supplies and safety products, Graphic Products publishes guides to help solve visual communication challenges.

The food industry - from production to processing - relies on chemical washdown processes to eliminate bacteria and stay sanitary...

Food processing plants are dangerous places. In a noisy and often distracting setting, workers routinely lift heavy objects, operate dangerous equipment and make repetitive motions—all while standing for long periods. To help protect workers from potential pitfalls, Graphic Products has released the 10-page guide, Keeping Food Processing Workers Safe, which emphasizes how OSHA-compliant signs and labels help prevent problems with ammonia refrigeration system leakage, food conveyor hazards and equipment contamination.

“The food industry –from production to processing—relies on chemical washdown processes to eliminate bacteria and stay sanitary,” said Steve Stephenson, chief marketing officer at Graphic Products. “Signs and labels communicate safe plant procedures for these requirements. Because of the harsh environment, standard signs have a tendency to bleed or simply peel right off.”

Workers use pressure washers to spray down equipment with a variety of chemicals, including chlorine, at about 1,000 gallons per minute. Chemicals are disbursed into the air as equipment such as kettles, homogenizers, separators, pumps and valves are sprayed with tremendous pressure at close-range—typically at a distance of about 6-8 inches.

Signs and labels are essential to communicate critical information, such as the solution’s high temperatures and the appropriate chemical required for treating different types of equipment. DuraLabel supplies, which are chemical-resistant, are ideal for withstanding these conditions and retaining their clarity for years. You don’t want the printed image on the sign or label to run like mascara at a wedding.

Keeping Food Processing Workers Safe addresses:

  •     Organizing your workplace with 5S Lean Manufacturing principles
  •     Important signs for food processing workers
  •     OSHA/ANSI standardized colors, designs and wording including Danger, Caution, Warning and Notice Signs
  •     Ammonia pipe marker standards
  •     Metal-detectable labels—used where contaminants may harm food products
  •     The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) specifications for conveyor safety labels

Graphic Products, Inc., manufactures mobile and wide-format labeling systems used by international shipping lines, distribution centers, mining operations and oil refineries worldwide. Customers include Coca Cola, Starbucks,, Boeing, Intel and Toyota.

Graphic Products offers more than 50 unique labeling supplies for virtually any industrial demand, as well as technically advanced label printers for any size job. DuraLabel and Graphic Products have solved problems in the industrial safety arena for more than 40 years.

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