Case Histories: A to Z
Music to Our Ears
Avery Fisher Hall at New York's Lincoln Center wanted to protect
against possible trips and falls of patrons in the balcony areas. Management worried
that the building's glass exterior wall which flooded light into the mezzanine area
combined with an elegant, dark brown carpet installed throughout the facility, could
make it difficult for patrons to quickly dark-adapt from daylight conditions in
the outer hall to the more dimly lit concert area. The condition could be particularly
hazardous for senior citizens who more frequently attend daytime shows. The answer
to the problem was to install Jalite photoluminescent stair nosings. Clarion's professional
staff worked around the Center's complicated performance schedule to complete the
job in one day, and Avery Fisher management now reports that their trip and fall
worries are behind them.
For over 10 years now, Clarion has provided Lynchburg, Virginia-based Belvac
Production Machinery, Inc. with safety labels for its line of continuous
motion rotary machinery used by beverage can makers for high speed trimming and
necking, base reforming, bottom rim coating and flanging. "When safety regulations
change, Clarion immediately lets us know," says Belvac. "They continue
to assist us with design of warning and informational labels that comply with the
most current ANSI and ISO standards. Also, when we place an order to replenish stock,
they let us know of any safety symbol requirements that may have changed."
Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS), the global pharmaceutical maker, has
launched a project to standardize safety markings throughout its entire 100-building
headquarters campus in New Brunswick, NJ. Clarion is on the job supplying state-of-the-art
safety signage, valve tags and pipe markers for their facilities.
Safety in Food Processing
Conagra Foods is one of North America's leading packaged food companies,
with a strong presence in U.S. and international consumer grocery, restaurant and
food service establishments. Included in ConAgra's consumer brands are Hunt's, Hebrew
National, Chef Boyardee, Gulden's, Reddi-wip, Slim Jim, and many more.
Clarion Safety Systems assisted ConAgra's grain processing/food division safety
committee in developing replacement labeling and signage for plant equipment and
machinery. The project utilized ANSI Z535.4 formats as a key element in improving
safety communication and reducing injuries. Clarion's customization capabilities
provided an efficient means to create unique labeling and signage that applied to
ConAgra's specific context of use requirements. "The versatility of the Clarion
system enabled us to customize the labeling to the exact outcome we wanted for a
wide ranging age of equipment," stated ConAgra safety official Anthony Yount.
Easy enough to manage a nighttime landing on the new rooftop helipad at the
Duke University North Carolina medical center. But in an emergency situation,
helicopter passengers would be hard pressed to find their way in the dark from the
landing pad to the hospital's secondary emergency stairwell. Enter Clarion, which
provided Skanska, Duke's general contractor, with Jalite photoluminescent pathway
marking paint that now lights the way to the emergency entrance and into Duke's
patient care facility.
For a significant period of time Clarion has been the preferred supplier of safety
labels to Eriez Magnetics, the Erie, Pennsylvania manufacturer
of advanced technology for magnetic, vibratory and inspection system applications.
Eriez calls on Clarion to keep the company current on safety marking standards and
for assistance in formatting more complex label designs that require use of multiple
symbols and messages. "Our products are designed to the most rigid safety specifications,"
says Eriez, "and our partnering with Clarion assures us of code compliant,
state-of-the-art warning labels that give us a safety advantage we need in today's
When labels from previous vendors were found lying useless in packing crates after
a standard ocean crossing, Gribetz International decided to re-evaluate
its labeling strategy. Gribetz is a global manufacturer of quilting machines for
the bedding, textile and apparel industries. The company wanted labels that were
multi-lingual, that could be multi-purposed for their own and their sister company's
product lines, and that would adhere under the worst environmental conditions. Clarion
did the job by designing labels that could be used across divisions, label inventory
costs were cut dramatically. Anticipating future ISO standards, Clarion developed
Gribetz' labels in six languages. As for weather, Clarion produced labels durable
enough to adhere in the face of hurricane force winds and steamy summer weather.
"Other vendors just printed what we gave them," said Gribetz. "Given
Clarion's involvement with the ANSI Z535 committee and ISO, we felt confident revising
our entire label line under their guidance."
Pictograms That Speak Volumes
Husqvarna is a Swedish-based global producer of outdoor power products
exporting to over 100 countries around the world. Their product line includes outdoor
chain saws, brush cutters, hedge trimmers and blowers-all of them requiring safety
warnings understandable in many languages. Clarion worked with Husqvarna's safety
engineers and Applied Safety and Ergonomics to develop a new warning label program
including 60 new product safety symbols for the company's landscaping products.
The program included intensive safety system testing and development of multiple
symbol versions for cross-cultural comprehension testing. Critical to the project
was Clarion's guidance in applying ANSI Z235 and ISO3864 design criteria to develop
symbols with very different concepts to convey across 100 borders.
Ontario Canada's Ingersoll Products Company is a premier manufacturer
of agricultural disc blade products. One of its newest innovations is a portable
system which enables farmers to regrind blades mounted on rotary disk agricultural
tillage equipment to factory approved sharpness. Ingersoll called on Clarion's risk
engineering division to review and isolate product risks, help design variable options
around hazardous elements, develop the content and format for custom designed warning
labels and determine warning label placement.
Cutting Edge Praise
Omax Corporation of Kent, Washington is a manufacturer of precision
abrasive waterjet systems which it distributes to 37 countries around the world.
"Clarion has assisted us in the application of both ISO and "harmonized"
ISO/ANSI Z535 safety labels and with the translations of label text into multiple
languages," says compliance engineer James Moir. "The technical and compliance
information we receive from Clarion is always precise and up-to-date and the turnaround
time on label design is nothing short of amazing."
Family owned C. R. Onsrud is a world leader in advanced industrial
woodworking routing machinery that is designed with safety in mind. The North Carolina-based
company came to Clarion to develop safety labels that contain custom graphics that
would communicate the safety information required on their routing equipment. Clarion
worked with Onsrud engineers to understand their machinery and how users interact
with it. Our design department then created customized symbols to accurately convey
their rotating cutter hazards. Needless to say, all of the finished labels comply
with the current ANSI Z535 standards.
Standard labeling was quite simply not available for a custom shoring product designed
by Pro-Shore, LLC, a Richmond, California manufacturer
of innovative decking and shoring systems for construction of multi-story buildings.
Pro-Shore developed a flexible shoring product employing movable forms for poured
concrete typically installed by construction laborers. The company needed to communicate
safety regulations and warnings to workers of various skill levels, paying heed
to literacy levels and language barriers. Clarion's risk engineering services performed
a liability and legal field review of the product, evaluated product manuals, distributor
contracts, and website safety information, then designed new code compliant product
labels dealing with market requirements and environmental exposures. "There
was nothing like it," said Pro-Shore. "Clarion provided us the direction,
creativity and peace of mind that we had met the legal and safety requirements."
Working in the Trenches
For over 40 years, Illinois-based TT Technologies has manufactured
trenchless equipment for the toughest below ground jobs imaginable-from pipe pulling,
ramming and bursting to guided boring and directional drilling. Clarion provides
TT Technologies with standards-compliant warnings for their equipment; equipment
that is exposed to practically every kind of outdoor environmental condition. The
labels must perform in two ways. First they must communicate critical safety information.
Second, they must be durable! It's no good having a well designed safety label if
it falls off. "Working with Clarion has made our life much easier," says
TT's safety director Kevin P. Nagle. "In Clarion we have an excellent resource
to aid our in-house hazard analysis team. Initially, I thought it might be difficult
to convey our custom label needs to an outside supplier. That's not the case with
Clarion. Their design team has proven that they can take our hand sketches and turn
them into top quality safety labels that meet our unique requirements."
TVA is the nation's largest public power company, delivering electricity
to more than 8.7 million residents in the Tennessee River Valley. Clarion provides
TVA with compliance advice and safety products for high priority jobs such as the
Hydro Plant Arc Flash Electrical Safety labeling project. To keep workers safe in
the areas of facilities that have potential arc flash hazards, Clarion provides
the TVA with code compliant labels that contain critical electrical specifications
and personnel protective equipment information. Each tailored to meet the need of
a specific area, and each designed to comply with current formatting standards,
chief among them NFPA 70E and the current U.S. National Electrical Code. To win
the work, Clarion had to know the code, deliver expert customer support and provide
accurate, on time, volume delivery of custom designed labels. No problem there.
It's what we do.
Verizon Wireless, you may know, is the nation's largest wireless
company, and, you may not know, the largest wireless data provider. Learning that
Clarion has helped develop US and international ANSI and ISO compliance standards,
Verizon engaged Clairon to help the company develop serialized identification signage
for all its cellular tower locations throughout its nationwide network and to design
and produce the required hazard warning signs and labels for all its network locations.
On an ongoing basis, Verizon calls on Clarion to keep company safety warning and
identification information current and in compliance. If a sign or warning marker
is Clarion compliant, its code compliant.
Working for the DOD
There is a lot to know and understand (and clearances required) to develop safety
markings for our armed forces, including U.S. missile defense systems, aerospace
intelligence, and defense communications equipment. Clarion does this job, working
closely with many of the world's premier defense contractors, among them Lockheed
Martin, Raytheon, BAE Systems, Boeing, Rockwell Collins, Northrop Grumman, NASA
and General Dynamics - all of which produce products for the U.S.
Department of Defense (DOD).
Clarion works one-on-one with design engineers at each of these companies to develop
safety and identification markings that deliver critical information, conform to
current specifications, and meet exacting and precise design criteria. All of these
contractors place the highest value on people, integrity, and commitment to excellence.
And all of them choose Clarion.
A Truly Great Massage
Sidmar Manufacturing is a Minnesota maker of hydromassage tables
approved for massage therapy, medical rehab clinics and for home use in the U.S.
and Canada. To market its products internationally Sidmar was required to meet Underwriters
Laboratory (UL) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) testing standards.
"Not so easily done," said Sidmar's president Joe Holland. "My problems
began when both UL and CSA ordered that our tables be properly marked with safety
warnings. Neither offered suggestions as to what the labels should look like. An
internet search yielded lots of information but no real guidance on graphics, language,
color standards, label materials or adhesion requirements. I was at a loss until
I found Clarion at www.clarionsafety.com, called the company, and e-mailed them
the ideas I had for designs. The same day I received a critique on wording, corrections
on layout and suggestions concerning the use of symbols. A day later I had a new
set of warning labels, code compliant across borders and translated into French
for Canadian use. Believe me, if you need guidance and hands on help with code compliance,
you won't go wrong with Clarion!"