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LEM Products, Inc. Recognizes July as UV Safety Month

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Keep people safe & be OSHA compliant by ordering UV protected durable signage from LEM Products, Inc. (www.lemproductsinc.com)

July is the peak of summer, when many of us are outdoors enjoying the warm weather and soaking up plenty of sunshine. And getting some sun is good for you — it improves your body’s vitamin D production and may also help you feel happier and fight depression. While the sun provides many benefits, it is important to be mindful of its dangers, as well. Ultraviolet, or UV, radiation can be harmful for people, which is why we wear sunscreen. But the sun’s rays can have adverse effects on other things, as well.

At LEM Products, Inc., we also know the importance of UV protection in the printing process of industrial identification. In honor of July as UV Safety Month, we answer a few common questions about how the sun impacts safety signs, tags, and labels.

Why do colors fade after prolonged sun exposure?

All color absorbs wide spectrum light from the sun. That’s because the light from the sun is polychromatic, which means that it consists of both all visible wavelengths of light, as well as those colors that are not visible to the human eye. One of these types of light that is not visible is ultraviolet. These wavelengths of light are one of the leading causes of fading, as they can break down the chemical bonds in ink and begin to fade the color on a sign.

Why does red fade faster than other colors?

Red fades faster than other colors because it absorbs more UV light than other colors. Ultraviolet waves are short and high energy, while red wavelengths are on the other end of the spectrum and are longer, with less energy. Because red pigments are absorbing more of the destructive UV light, they will degrade more quickly.

How can you minimize fading from the sun for signs and labels?

We offer numerous options for signs that need to withstand harsh environments to help protect your signs and extend their lifespan. UV ink is denser than regular ink, and it produces sharper images that add durability and fade resistance to printed images. Over-laminating with UV laminate can also provide protection and decrease fading over time.

What are some applications for UV protection for signs and labels?

UV protection for labels, signage, and nameplates has numerous applications, including:

  • Signs and nameplates used on appliances
  • Industrial equipment
  • Outdoor safety identification
  • Other applications where a sign will be in direct sunlight

Signs That Are Made to Last

Contact LEM Products, Inc. today to learn more about safety signage products that can withstand years of UV light exposure for your specific application.

LEM Products, Inc. Is Proud to Be an SGIA 2020 Sustainable Business Recognition Award Recipient

We’re excited to announce that once again LEM Products, Inc. has been recognized with a Sustainable Business Recognition Award by SGIA in 2020. In order to be recognized, companies need to implement processes and procedures that aim to reduce our environmental footprint and make the workplace safer for employees. The award recipients were fittingly announced on April 22, 2020, which is Earth Day.

About the Program

SGIA created the Sustainable Business Recognition Award to highlight the efforts of its member companies to contribute to a sustainable future. The criteria for recognition are aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which consist of 17 goals and defined by 169 targets. These expand upon the original Three Pillars of Sustainability, which are People, Planet, and Profit. For SGIA, the three goals that they encourage their member companies to focus on the most are:

  • 3 – Good Health and Well-Being
  • 8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 12 – Responsible Consumption and Production

You can learn more about the program and its criteria here: https://www.sgia.org/programs/awards-competitions/sustainable-business-recognition

How LEM Products, Inc. Is Working Toward a Sustainable Future

This year, our company was recognized for its efforts toward three of the SDGs. Here are a few highlights from our submission criteria:

Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being

  •  We have had 0 lost time accidents, and had 1199 accident-free workdays as of 12/31/19 
  • To improve ergonomic comfort for employees, we purchased standing desks and cushioned floor mats.
  • We offered free flu shots to all employees to help keep everyone healthy.

Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth

  • We successfully completed and received ISO 9001:2015 stage 2 certification with DEKRA. This international certification body holds over 200 accreditations, including certification of quality management systems, health safety, and environment (HSE). This globally recognized certificate means that now we can provide even greater certainty and confidence to our customers without the need for them to perform their own individual audits to ensure regulatory compliance.
  • This past winter, our employees participated in “Cold Feet, Warm Socks,” which provides socks to people who are homeless in Philadelphia.

Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

  • Currently, our Internal Rejects as a percentage of revenue are at 0.1%. Additionally, Credits were reduced by 77% in 2019 compared to 2018, and rejects were reduced by 24%.
  • We purchase our raw materials from sustainable suppliers such as Flexcon, Avery Dennison and 3M. These companies utilize environmentally-friendly materials and water-based adhesives.
  • We are moving many of our production processes from analog to digital technologies. This reduces set-up times and set-up waste for quicker product turn-around, while also reducing down-times and increasing revenues.

Let’s Work Together

At LEM Products, Inc., we’re dedicated to solving your toughest challenges and providing you with high-quality, OSHA-compliant safety labels, facility safety signage, and more. Contact us today to learn how we can meet your safety labeling needs.