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Safety & Warning Electrical Cable Identification Labels

The use of cable identification labels to improve safety, efficiency, and organization in your business has several benefits. Here is everything you need to know about these cable labels, their regulations, and how and when to use them.

Electrical Cable Identification Labels, What You Need to Know

Regulatory Compliance

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), there are six areas they must address to conform to their policies, including employee training, a written safety program, and properly labeled equipment. In fact, accurate labeling is required for any piece of electrical equipment that may need service or maintenance while in use.

You should also be aware of the specific regulatory and industrial standards that you need to meet. It is recommended that you consult and review the ISO standards for the particular product and electrical warning labels you plan to use. To that end, is there any specific safety information that you need to account for, or is there a unique client request that you need to conform with?

The use of electrical safety labels is also recommended to ensure staff remains clearly aware of the dangers present in the work environment. Local, regional, and national regulations must also be taken into account when planning what electrical cable identification labels are purchased. Furthermore, certain requests may also require design specifications, form logos, to barcodes, and graphics. Ensure the cable labels are appropriate for the equipment you are using and will be easily identifiable in the future. Using the right electrical labels can significantly minimize the occurrence of accidents and help keep your worksite running smoothly.

Environmental Conditions

The various weather and environmental conditions your electrical cable identification labels will face should also be considered. If your electrical wire labels will spend any time outside, whether, during transport or long-term storage and use, local weather conditions may threaten their sustainability. This includes freezing temperatures, prolonged UV exposure, as well as general wear-and-tear. This can cause the labels to fail or the printout to become smudged and unidentifiable. 

Laminated wrap-around cable labels provide the most protection against various conditions. They can withstand extreme temperatures, from severe cold (-196°C) to high-heat conditions (+150°C), exposure to harsh chemicals, including oils, solvents, and acids, as well abrasion and scratching. The adhesive durability should also be considered to ensure the labels adhere to their applied surface for the duration of their lifespan.

Electronic Cable Identification Label Size & Placement

The placement of your label will also factor in how effective it is. Correctly labeling the product will help ensure the cable or wire isn’t removed from the wrong end or handled in a way that could prove dangerous. As such, prior consideration should be paid to where the cables will be attached to ensure optimal visibility and in case someone else will be performing maintenance or inspecting the area down the line.

The size of the wrap-around cable label will also come in to play here. The label’s dimensions in regards to the cable or wire are key for a proper fit. Its orientation is also essential in cases where the wire will be placed in a difficult-to-reach space. The use of flag electrical wire labels might also be beneficial, as they provide greater print area and improved visibility, though they are not as durable. Flag labels are also recommended when enhanced tracking is required, as they can be printed with 1D and 2D barcodes and easier to scan than wrap-around cable labels. They are a great option for indoor use, available in a range of colors for color-coding to organize your cables.

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