Fire Extinguishers

Outfit your establishment with commercial fire extinguishers to mitigate the risk of fire hazards.

Emergency Medical Supplies

Medical supplies provide your establishment with the tools to handle accidents and emergencies.

Protective Clothing

Protect your staff from dangerous pathogens and other contaminants by outfitting them with protective clothing.

Oily Waste Cans

Dispose of oil- or solvent-soaked materials safely and prevent the risk of a fire hazard with our commercial oily waste cans.

Cleanroom Supplies

Maintain a dependable, safe, and sanitary cleanroom by shopping from our versatile selection of cleanroom supplies.

Commercial Security Cameras & Surveillance

Enhance the security of your premises with the addition of state-of-the-art commercial security cameras and surveillance supplies.

Ice Melt

Maintain the exterior of your establishment ice-free with ice melt to help eliminate falls from winter weather.

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Power Supplies

Properly prepare your establishment for any electrical emergency or power outage with the right power supplies.

Traffic Safety Supplies

Traffic safety supplies create a safe and organized parking experience for daily operations and large events.

Safety Tape & Seals

Use non-skid tape to help prevent slips and antimicrobial film to protect high contact surfaces in your establishment

Industrial Thermometers & Data Loggers

Accurately monitor the temperature of your establishment’s critical areas by using industrial thermometers and data loggers.

Lockout Boxes

Capture keys in lockout boxes to lock out large equipment and reduce injuries and accidents.

Exit Door Alarms

Provide a secure space for your employees and patrons by installing exit door alarms.

Industrial Probes

Durable, economical wholesale industrial probes quickly and accurately gauge temperatures.

Investing in industrial safety products not only helps protect customers and staff from getting seriously hurt but also helps mitigate or prevent property damage from occurring. Our power supplies like generators and power strips help appliances run even during power outages and protect them from dangerous power surges. Also, don’t forget to check out our industrial thermometers and data loggers, as they can help ensure that areas of your business stay at exactly the temperature you need them to be at. For more products that can make your workspace and employees safer check out our selection of work safety shoes, cashier shields, and disposable gloves.
Safety Acronyms

Safety Acronyms

Knowing what key safety acronyms stand for allows you to assess risks and respond to emergencies. Whether you’re starting a warehouse or training your warehouse staff, use our safety acronyms guide to educate yourself on the most common safety terms. Use these links to learn more about the types of safety acronyms that interest you: Safety Organization Abbreviations Legal Safety Abbreviations Safety Standards Abbreviations Safety Terms Abbreviations Common Safety Acronyms Defined Safety Abbreviation Safety acronyms exist to make communication easier, but the sheer volume of safety abbreviations can undermine this goal. For ease of comprehension, we’ve broken safety abbreviations into four categories: safety organization acronyms, legal safety acronyms, safety standards acronyms, and safety terms acronyms. Safety Organization Acronyms Numerous safety organizations exist to foster positive health and environmental outcomes. Most safety organizations have long and complex names that are tiresome to read and speak. To make safety paperwork scannable and conversation succinct, many safety organizations have abbreviated titles. Discover the most common safety organization acronyms below. ACGIH - American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act AGA - American Gas Association AIHA - American Industrial Hygiene Association ANSI - American National Standards Institute APHA - American Public Health Association ASAE - American Society of Agricultural Engineers ASHRAE - American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers ASP - Associate Safety Professional ASQC - American Society for Quality Control ASSE - American Society of Safety Engineers ASTM - American Society for Testing Materials BCSP - Board of Certified Safety Professionals BSI - British Standards Institute CSA - Canadian Standards Association CAL-OSHA - California Occupational Safety and Health Administration CGA - Compressed Gas Association CIH - Certified Industrial Hygienist CSFM - California State Fire Marshal CSP - Certified Safety Professional DOE - Department of Energy DOL - Department of Labor DOT - Department of Transportation EEOC - Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EPA - Environmental Protection Agency FDA - Food and Drug Administration FM - Factory Mutual GSA - General Service Administration IARC - International Agency for Research on Cancer IATA - International Air Transportation Association ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization IEC - International Electrotechnical Commission IMO - International Maritime Organization ISEA - Industrial Safety Equipment Association ISO - International Organization for Standardization MSHA - Mine Safety and Health Administration NEMA - National Electrical Manufacturers Association NFPA - National Fire Protection Association NIOSH - National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health NIST - National Institute of Standards and Technology NMFC - National Motor Freight Class NRC - Nuclear Regulatory Commission NSC - National Safety Council NSF - National Sanitation Federation NTP - National Toxicology Program; Normal Temperature and Pressure OSHA - Occupational Safety and Health Administration SAE - Society of Automotive Engineers UL - Underwriters Laboratories ULC - Underwriters Laboratories of Canada UN - United Nations USCG - United States Coast Guard USDA - United States Department of Agriculture USFDA - United States Food and Drug Administration USP - United States Pharmacopoeia Legal Safety Acronyms Safety legislation affects commercial businesses. Many governmental safety acts have long names abbreviated for convenience. Use our list below to understand what legal safety acronyms are referring to so you can abide by safety laws in your workplace. CAA - Clean Air Act CERCLA - Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation and Liability Act CFR - Code of Federal Regulations CWA - Clean Water Act EN - European Norms FIFRA - Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act FMCSR -Text Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations HCA - Hazardous Communication Act HMTA - HMTA IP - Industrial Plus MUTCD - Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices NEC - National Electric Code NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act RCRA - Resource Conservation and Recovery Act REL - Recommended Exposure Limit SARA - Superfund Amendment and Reauthorization Act TSCA - Toxic Substance Control Act Back to Top Safety Standards Acronyms Safety standards exist to ensure products, activities, and procedures are used and/or executed safely. Safety standards are set into place by both advisory and regulatory bodies and can be voluntary or statutory. Knowing the different safety standards can help your business exercise fire safety and prevent other disasters. Use our list of safety standards abbreviations to earn customers' trust and abide by regulations. DIS - Draft International Standards HAZWOPER - Hazardous Waste Operation and Emergency Response IPS - Iron Pipe Standard JSA - Job Safety Analysis NESHAP - National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants NFC - National Fire Code NFR - National Fire Rating NPDES - National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System NPT - National Pipe Thread NRR - Noise Reduction Rating PEL - Permissible Exposure Limit POP - Performance-Orientated Packaging PSM - Process Safety Management SPCC - Spill Prevention, Control, and Countermeasures STEL - Short-Term Exposure Limit TDS - Totally Dissolved Solids TEFC - Enclosed Fan-Cooled TLV - Threshold Limit Value UFC - Uniform Fire Code ULPA - Ultra-Low Penetration Air (filter) VGA - Video Graphics Array WEEL- Workplace Environmental Exposure Limit Safety Terms Acronyms From abbreviations relating to chemical safety to air safety, there is a whole host of safety acronyms that relate to tools and substances that affect safety. Whether you want to create a safer restaurant or healthcare center, use our list of safety terms and acronyms to understand your environment and respond quickly in an emergency. AED - Automated External Defibrillator APR - Air-Purifying Respirator ATC - Automatic Temperature Compensation BBP - Bloodborne Pathogens BBS - Behavior-Based Safety CAS - Chemical Abstracts Service (Number) CE - Conformance European CFM - Cubic feet per minute dB - Decibels dB(A) - Decibels A-Scale DVO - Diffuse Viewing Only EDP - Electronic Data Processing EGA - Enhanced Graphics Array Text EHS - Environmental Health and Safety EPDM - Ethylene-Propylene Terpolymer EPR - Ethylene Propylene ESCBA - Escape Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus ESD - Electrostatic Dissipative FEP - Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene FID - Flame Ionization Detector FR - Flame Resistant GC - Gas Chromatography GFCI - Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter GHS - Globally Harmonized System GPM - Gallons per minute HDPE - High-Density Polyethylene HEPA - High-Efficiency Particulate Air (filtration) HID - High-Intensity Discharge HMIS - Hazardous Materials Information System HP - Horsepower HPLC - High-Performance Liquid Chromatography HVAC - Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning IAQ - Indoor Air Quality ID - Inside Diameter IDLH - Immediately Dangerous to Life and Health IR - Infrared LCD - Liquid Crystal Display LDPE - Low-Density Polyethylene LED - Light-Emitting Diode LEL - Lower Explosive Limit LLDPE - Linear Low-Density Polyethylene LPM - Liters Per Minute LOTO - Lockout Tagout LUST - Leaking Underground Storage Unit MAF Maximum Arresting Force MG/M3 - Milligrams Per Meter Cubed Mil 1 Mil Equals 1/1000 of an Inch MPPCF - Million Particles Per Cubic Foot MSA - Mine Safety Appliances NiCad - Nickel Cadmium (battery) OD - Outside Diameter ODP - Open-Drip-Proof ORM - Other Regulated Material ORP - Oxidation Reduction Potential PAPR - Powered Air-Purifying Respirator PCB - Polychlorinated Biphenyl pCi/L - pico Curies/Liter PETG - Polyethylene Terephthalate G Copolyester PFAS - Personal Fall Arrest System pH - Hydrogen ion concentration PID - Photoionization Detector PPE - Personal Protective Equipment ppm - Parts per million, 1 x 10-6 ppb - Parts per billion, 1 x 10-9 PSI - Pounds per square inch PSIG - Pounds per square inch gauge PVA - Polyvinyl Alcohol PVC - Polyvinyl Chloride RFI - Radio Frequency Interference RTK - Right-to-Know S.E.T.R.A.F. - Safety of Enclosures for Toxics Using Recirculating Air Filtration SBR - Styrene Butadiene Rubber SCBA - Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus SCT - Spectrum Control Technology SDC - Safety Data Sheet SRL - Self-Retracting Lifeline TWA - Time-Weighted Average UEL - Upper Explosive Limit UST - Underground Storage Tank UV - Ultraviolet VDT - Video Display Terminal VOCs - Volatile Organic Compound WBGT - Wet Bulb Glove Temperature Acronyms for Safety Now that you know what safety acronyms stand for, you may desire detailed information on the standards, uses, and implications of the most common safety abbreviations. Learn more about some of the most important acronyms for safety below. What Does OSHA Stand For? The acronym OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Congress established OSHA in 1970 after passing the Occupational Safety and Health Act. OSHA sets and encourages standards and provides training, education, outreach, and assistance to ensure workers operate in safe and healthful environments. OSHA has four sets of standards designed to protect workers from hazards. The four groups of OSHA standards are general industry, construction, maritime, and agriculture. What Does SDS Stand For? The acronym SDS stands for Safety Data Sheet, a document that summarizes how to work with or around hazardous materials. Broken into a 16-section format, an SDS binder is prepared by the manufacturer and is more detailed than the label on containers. The SDS will tell you: the protective gear required to work with the material, the material’s chemical makeup, the fast-acting health effects of properties that make the material dangerous to handle, how to respond to accidents, and first aid requirements if someone is exposed to the material. What Does GHS Stand For? The acronym GHS stands for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals. Developed by a United Nations (UN) international team of communication experts, GHS is a chemical hazard communication system that can be implemented globally. GHS delineates two primary standards: the rules for classifying chemical products' hazards, and what the label and SDS must contain for the chemical product including its hazard/precautionary statements, signal words, and symbols. What Does IDLH Stand For? The acronym IDLH stands for immediately dangerous to life or health. IDLH refers to high-risk exposure to dangerous chemical air concentrations and conditions. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) developed IDLH values and continues to review and develop acute exposure guidelines to protect workers. Back to Top From industrial settings to commercial kitchens, knowing what safety acronyms stand for allows you to create a safe workplace. Misunderstanding a safety acronym could put you and your staff in danger or cause you to violate public health standards and safety codes. Reference back to our safety abbreviation guide whenever you encounter a safety acronym you don’t understand.

How to Set Up a Warehouse

How to Set Up a Warehouse

If you've outgrown your current space, starting your own warehouse could be the next logical step in storing and selling your company’s products online. Or it could be a profitable new venture to create a warehouse and rent out your space to other businesses. No matter what your business goals are, setting up a warehouse from scratch requires some careful planning. The layout and allocation of your space need to be mapped out early on. We’ve created this warehouse layout guide to help you set up any type of warehouse for maximum efficiency. Shop All Industrial Supplies Click below to learn more about basic warehouse design: Inbound Loading Dock Receiving Storage and Putaway Picking Shipping Outbound Loading Dock Other Warehouse Spaces Common Warehouse Layouts Warehouse Layout Before you being laying out the schematic of your warehouse, you should be familiar with the essential functions of a fulfillment center and the equipment used to handle materials. Goods come in, they get put away in storage, and they get picked for shipping. To make this happen, the goods flow from one section of the warehouse to the next. Your warehouse setup will be the most successful if you provide space for the following locations: 1. Inbound Loading Dock The loading dock, also called a receiving dock or loading bay, is the entry point where inbound trucks deliver goods to your warehouse. On the exterior of the building, a large parking area provides room for trucks to back up to the building. The dock floor is built to be flush with the truck beds so workers inside the building can enter the trailer with forklifts and pallet jacks. Loading Dock Layout Tips The parking area outside the dock should provide enough room for the largest trucks to turn around and back up to the loading bay. Dock height should be based on the bed height of the most common delivery vehicle used. Consider the number of pallets you'll be unloading during peak delivery times and allocate space for the goods and the loading dock equipment. 2. Receiving The receiving process begins as soon as goods are unloaded on the dock. Shipments are inspected, invoices are checked, and permanent storage locations are assigned for each item. By allocating a holding space for these tasks to be performed, you avoid bottlenecks when multiple shipments arrive at once. A successful receiving area should be located right next to the inbound loading dock. You’ll need space for pallets and boxes to be unloaded and a temporary space for receiving tasks to be performed. The receiving manager needs a home base to work from, which might include a permanent desk with outlets for a computer and room for filing cabinets if you use paper invoices. Receiving Area Layout Tips You can make your receiving process more efficient by including space for temporary holding locations where goods can be staged before putaway. Allow space for performing a thorough quality control check before goods are put in storage. Catching any defects or damage now will help you in the long run. 3. Storage and Putaway Most of the square footage in your warehouse will be dedicated to storage space. When you look at your warehouse space in terms of cubic feet, your storage area should take up between 22% to 27% of the total warehouse space. That percentage may sound small, but it’s because cubic feet accounts for all the vertical space in between the floor and ceiling, not just floor space. For maximum efficiency, you’ll need to take advantage of the clear height of your warehouse. What Is Clear Height in a Warehouse? Clear height is the maximum usable vertical space in your warehouse where goods can be stored. The clear height in your building will be lower than the ceiling height and must account for sprinkler systems or ductwork. Storage Area Layout Tips Take advantage of the available clear height by using pallet racks and industrial shelving to store goods vertically. Using warehouse management system software helps you to maximize your storage space and assign locations. Aisles in your storage area need to be wide enough to accommodate pallet jacks (4' to 5' wide) and/or forklifts (12' to 13' wide) Don't forget to install the proper lighting in your storage area so that goods are visible to order pickers. 4. Picking Picking is the process of retrieving goods from storage to fulfill customer orders. The warehouse employees that perform this task are called pickers. Your picking area is the home base for order pickers — it's the place where they receive their list of items and where they bring orders that are fulfilled. Picking should be located very close to the storage area and may even share some square footage. The picking area should have enough room to store picking equipment like forklifts and pallet jacks. You'll also need space for the picking manager's desk and computers for accessing the warehouse management system. Picking Area Layout Tips Add space in your layout for roller conveyors to carry fulfilled orders from picking to shipping. If your warehouse is small and you don't store items on pallets, shopping carts and shopping baskets can be used to collect smaller items during picking. 5. Shipping After orders have been picked, they are sent to the shipping and packaging area to be boxed up for fulfillment. The shipping area should be close to your storage and picking locations so that goods flow efficiently from one area to the next. Make space in your shipping area for shipping stations — work tables that are set up with all the shipping supplies your workers need to package goods. Shipping Area Layout Tips Besides shipping stations and packing tables, you’ll need space to store your backup inventory of shipping boxes and supplies. It can be helpful to add space for order staging, or organizing shipments by carrier so they are ready to be loaded onto outbound trucks. 6. Outbound Loading Dock The outbound loading dock is the end of the line for your products. It's the exit point where goods are loaded onto trucks for shipping. Just like the inbound loading bay, the outbound bay area should be the same height as the truck beds that back up to the dock. Pallets that are staged in the shipping area can be quickly moved onto trucks and then onto their final destination. Creating two loading bays (inbound and outbound) in your warehouse is necessary for a couple of reasons. For efficiency, goods should always be flowing forward in your warehouse. If you use the same dock for shipping and receiving, you will have goods moving both ways, which creates space issues and confusion. You also have to consider the truck yard and how many trucks are coming and going from your warehouse. Separating the inbound and outbound traffic helps alleviate bottlenecks. Outbound Loading Dock Layout Tips Include plans for proper ventilation on your loading dock because idling trucks create a lot of exhaust fumes. Organizing outbound shipments by carrier type helps to make shipping more efficient. Provide enough space for your outbound loading equipment like pallet wrap machines, pallet jacks, and dock ramps. Other Warehouse Spaces There are other warehouse spaces you'll need to include in your building layout. These locations aren't related to the product cycle but are necessary for business operations. Returns No one wants to think about their products being returned, but it's a fact of life that returns will happen, and they need to be processed the right way. A separate space for processing returns helps to keep those items segregated from the other products in your warehouse. Returns require their own receiving, inspection, and putaway process. Offices In smaller warehouses environments where you are the owner and operations manager all-in-one, you might not need a dedicated office space. Sometimes a desk on the floor of the warehouse or a mezzanine will do. But in other cases, where you have a diversified team of managers and supervisors, it's useful to have office spaces for conducting phone calls, meetings, and administrative duties. Breakrooms Your employees need a place to take breaks, eat their lunch, and store their personal belongings. Designing a space for your workers to unwind when they are off the clock is important for job satisfaction and employee retention. Restrooms Restrooms are essential for any business. You'll need to base the number of restrooms in your warehouse on the size of your workforce. If you have under 15 employees, one restroom might be sufficient. OSHA provides guidance on their restroom and sanitation requirements page. Maintenance and Parts Outside of the storage space needed to hold your products, you'll need a space to store all the parts and replacements that keep your warehouse running. Items like lightbulbs, hardware for industrial equipment, and tools for performing maintenance should all have an organized home in your warehouse. Types of Warehouse Layouts If you are building a warehouse from the ground up, there are three popular layouts that you can rely on when you plan your schematic. These designs all feature a universal rule — keep the inbound and outbound docks separated. U-Shaped Warehouse U-shaped warehouses are very common. The layout is similar to a semi-circle, with the inbound loading dock on one side and the outbound dock on the opposite side. Storage and picking are usually stationed in the center. Products are delivered on one side of the U and flow in one direction to the other side. I-Shaped Warehouse In the I-shaped layout, also called a through-flow layout, the warehouse is shaped like a large rectangle. The inbound dock is positioned at one end of the rectangle with the outbound dock on the opposite side. Storage is located in the middle of the rectangle. L-Shaped Warehouse The L-shaped warehouse also positions the inbound and outbound docks on opposite sides. The flow of traffic and goods move from one side of the L to the far side, with storage located in the "corner". With the increase of consumer online ordering and e-commerce fulfillment, warehouse space has become very valuable. If your business is outgrowing a garage or stock room, it might be time to think about building your own warehouse space to store and distribute goods. Keep all the essential warehouse functions in mind when you create a layout and don't forget to account for future growth.

Reduce the Risk of Accidents and Injuries in Your Workplace with the Use of Industrial Safety Products

No matter what type of establishment you operate, your staff and customers can be vulnerable to accidents. Many different types of accidents and emergencies have the potential of occurring in your business, including fires, falls, and many other unwanted scenarios. Thankfully, industrial safety products help mitigate the threat these events pose to your business or even eliminate them altogether.

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Our various fire extinguishers help protect your staff and business from burns and fire damage, allowing you to stamp out fires before they get out of control. Additionally, ensure that your workplace is prepared to assuage a variety of injuries with our quality first aid kits. You’ll also find that we have a wide array of personal safety gear that your employees can use, helping them to prevent minor physical injuries that may occur on the job.

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