If you are planning out a labeling strategy for your facility, you will undoubtedly have a lot of things on your mind. Thinking about where to place the labels, what type of label printer to use, what regulations you need to follow, and much more can become overwhelming. It is important, however, to make sure that everything is planned out correctly to get the results you are looking for. One of the most important things to identify as a part of your plan is who is responsible for labeling.
Potential Responsible Parties
In most facilities, different people will be responsible for labeling in different areas and at different times. For example, when new equipment is being installed, it will generally be the responsibility of either the person doing the installation or the team that is responsible for the equipment that should be putting the labels on.
When parts are being replaced or general maintenance is being performed, however, the person doing the labeling will likely be different than the original installation team. In this case, it is the maintenance team that should be the ones putting the labels in place.
One of the best ways to make sure that your labels are always properly in place and kept up to date with the latest rules and regulations is to identify one or more people to do label inspections. These will often be done throughout the facility rather than in just one area of responsibility. If a label is found to be missing by this team, or it has information that is out of date, they will either replace the label themselves or work with the team that owns the equipment to make sure that it is updated in a timely manner.