The Importance of Labeling

In addition to signs in the workplace, labels are another great component to add to any visual communication program. From identifying hazards to organization, labels are a simple and cost-effective way to improve your facility.

A key component of any organizational program, labeling is the easiest way to quickly and visually identify proper placement of tools, materials, and equipment.

For example, drawers of tool chests can be labeled with their contents so employees can easily find what they need. The floor can even be labeled indicating where trash cans, machinery, and other equipment should be placed so these things always find their way back to where they belong. Labels can also help with asset tagging. Keeping track of tools and equipment can be especially difficult in large facilities and labeling them with a specific number or name will help workers find what they need quickly.

This type of labeling makes it easy for even people unfamiliar with your system to locate items and return them to the right places. It also helps with sustaining organizational processes because once everything is properly labeled, it’s easier for employees to keep 5S in focus on a daily basis. If they ever forget the location of something, the answer is right in front of them.

In addition, larger signs, banners, and posters can be used to convey messages of organization or safety, including reminders of the 5S process. Large signs can be posted above storage areas, for example, to facilitate clean-up at the end of shifts.

Safety programs can also be enhanced with labeling. Facilities with electrical equipment or other dangerous tools should properly label these hazards so workers understand the risks. For instance, electrical panels should be labeled with a Danger label and a message communicating the high voltage. Additionally, hazardous chemicals must be labeled in compliance with GHS.

Visual communication is key for both organization and safety. Sometimes, safety signs aren’t enough! Improve your visual management strategies by adding labels. Labels come in many shapes and sizes, and you are sure to find one that fits your facilities needs.

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