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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, September 23, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- The importance of asset tags have been highlighted this week by an online resource for health and safety information and advice.
According to whatishealthandsafety.co.uk, many businesses have yet to properly embrace asset tagging as a way to keep their belongings secure and make life easier when their annual stock take comes around.
For those unfamiliar with this type of labelling, it involves giving a small individually-numbered sticker or tag to any valuable piece of equipment so it can be catalogued and identified easily. For businesses, office equipment such as PCs, laptops and monitors are usually the first things that need to be asset tagged, however, many companies will also do the same for printers, phones, fax machines and other expensive items.
When you create an asset label for use in managing your equipment, you will usually see a unique number or barcode created. These can be tailored to your own specification - provided you have the right label printers and tapes - making asset management simple, effective and above all organised.
The website has explained that as any business grows, whether small, medium sized or large, the amount and value of the equipment it has held on its premises is only likely to increase. For this reason, it is advising that all firms invest in a program to make sure their valuables are tagged now - and in the future when new items are purchased or acquired.
This, it explains, will help in a number of situations, whether it is for identifying items that have been highlighted for repair or servicing, making note of and reporting things that have been stolen or damaged, or keeping track of what is required to serve the size of a workforce. In addition, it is worth noting that in many cases, insurance companies may refuse to cover items that are not asset tagged.
Commenting on the advice, whatishealthandsafety.co.uk spokesman Matt Hornsby said there are a range of options available for businesses looking to protect their assets in this way and make annual stock takes and inventories much easier.
"There are a variety of label printers and tapes available asset tagging and they don't need to cost the earth. You can usually get a machine that prints up vinyl and polyester asset tags for a decent price and these are tamper proof. That way, if the tag is removed or tampered with by someone, it will be too damaged to be used somewhere else!"
"Overall though," he added, "businesses need to think about asset tagging as it can save serious time on stock and inventory checks. It's essential from a security and insurance point of view, but who doesn't like making their working life a little easier at the same time?"
For more information contact: Matt Hornsby at [email protected]
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