What to Consider While Establishing a Sheet Metal Roofing and Fabrication Project

What to Consider While Establishing a Sheet Metal Roofing and Fabrication Project

Before starting a new project, it is essential to plan and evaluate risks, challenges, and deficiencies beforehand. In light of this, it is imperative to have full knowledge of the different factors to consider while establishing a sheet metal roofing and fabrication project. The following are some of the main factors to consider.

There are numerous costs involved in a metal roofing and fabrication project. These costs do determine the appropriate process. Escalating costs can have substantial impacts on the bottom line. The costs of completion of the project should determine which fabrication process is most appealing. Costs to consider before initiating a metal roofing and fabrication project include:
• Tooling costs
• Assembly costs
Transportation costs
• Logistics
Critical evaluation of these expenses can considerably reduce overall costs of the project without compromising product quality.

It is imperative to identify means of simplifying the design of the project while still meeting all specifications of the project. Evaluation and identification of ways of reducing bends should be considered before the project commences.
Projects that involve extensive hole piercings and punching and multiple bends numerous hits are required. Such projects are best suited for roll forming. Through roll forming, products that require multiple parts are reduced to single structures. This efficiently streamlines production.

The raw materials used, to a significant extent, affect the costs and integrity of the product. Given that there are numerous material types in the market, it is a tall order to choose. However, selected materials work best with particular sheet metal fabrication and roofs.
For example, steel is an excellent raw material for fabricated metal. Like aluminum, it is strong, long lasting and if treated, it can be corrosive-resistant. Selecting the best material is a critical phase of cost control. If possible, it is better to use stronger and lighter materials such as structural steel. This way, the products can utilize less material content and still maintain the product integrity and quality.

The projected yield out of the project can determine the viability of the whole process. A primary consideration for the design of the product and raw materials is which selection will realize the greatest output. Developing a most efficient profile will maximize the use of material and also minimize drop-off.
For example, roll forming can reduce drop-off compared to press braking and stamping while aluminum sheets are also quite high yielding.

It is ideal not always to start a new project alone. Experienced and knowledgeable partners can be of much help in addressing all the considerations mentioned above. Moreover, such partnerships ensure that it is easier to anticipate challenges while also effecting resolutions that lessen costs. You can learn more at the Heather & Little Limited website.

Legal Changes Cause Growing Interest in Edible Medical Marijuana

Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada for years, but the growing interest in the subject has greatly increased the number of patients who have a prescription for marijuana. The new demand for medical cannabis has generated some interesting trends in the market. Instead of traditional smoking methods, more and more people are becoming interested in trying out edible marijuana options. These edibles allow patients to get the benefits of marijuana without having to smoke the substance.

What Are Edibles?

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is the chemical compound in marijuana that provides so many calming, appetite-boosting, and anti-nausea effects. This compound is fat soluble, which means that it dissolves into fatty substances and binds with particles of fat. Therefore, it is possible to infuse oil or butter with marijuana and create edible items. Edibles can include baked goods, like brownies or cookies, candies, smoothies, spreads, and even gum.

What Are the Laws Regulating Edibles?

For a while, laws prevented people from making marijuana into edible products because of concerns about the concentrated nature of cannabis extracts and oils. However, a 2015 Supreme Court of Canada ruling unanimously decided that any patient who was allowed to use medical cannabis was permitted to consume it or transform it into any form that they prefer. This culmination to a six year legal battle greatly expanded

Why Are Edibles Becoming so Popular?

The new change in laws has greatly increased the market for edibles because patients no longer have to worry about accidentally breaking a law. More and more people are starting to realize that marijuana has valid medical benefits, but they are concerned about stereotypes surrounding marijuana. Eating a slice of toast with “cannabutter” or snacking on a cookie allows patients to consume their medicine without having to resort to bongs, bowls, and other methods stereotypically consumed by “stoners.” There is also a perception that edibles are healthier because they do not require patients to inhale smoke, so they are becoming the preferred congestion method for health conscious patients.

Are Edibles Healthier than Other Consumption Methods?

There is some concern that smoking marijuana can expose the lungs to carcinogens that increase the risk of lung cancer. It is true that edibles contain less of a cancer risk than traditional smoking methods. However, it is important to keep in mind that edible marijuana consumption changes the way your body absorbs marijuana. Its journey into the bloodstream is slower, so effects may not be felt for several hours. This can cause people to unintentionally overdose on edibles. Therefore it is important for patients who use medical edibles to exercise caution and not exceed recommended dosages.

Keep Your Business Safe With Biohazard Labels

To remain in compliance with Canadian law, your business will need to keep customers and staff informed on what materials are a hazard to human health with the help of biohazard labels. This is accomplished by placing the appropriate biohazard stickers on the containers that store these materials.

Human And Animal Blood

Products that have been contaminated by human or animal blood are considered to be biohazards. Blood often transmits diseases and should therefore be handled with care.

Animal Products

Any animal waste, such as an animal carcass, should be considered a biohazard. For example, if an animal carcass is kept as a specimen, this should be marked with a biohazard sign.

Human Bodily Fluids

Human bodily fluids, such as saliva, vaginal secretions, semen, urine and feces, are considered biohazards. While many may seem harmless, they can be used to transmit diseases.


Laboratory specimens that were designed to cultivate microbes are considered to be biohazards. For example, if your company is creating products designed to be resistant to microbes and some specimens are kept for laboratory testing, these specimens would be considered biohazards.


If your business operates in a medical setting, you will need to worry about sharps waste. This includes scalpels, needles, IV tubing and glass slides.

Supplies that Are Contaminated

Supplies that come in contact with waste should be considered biohazards. This can include gloves, towels, plasticware and bench paper that have been biologically contaminated.

Biohazard Classification

Biohazards are placed under one of four classifications based on the types of viruses or bacteria it may contain. The classification is used to determine the level of precautions that should be taken. Level 1 refers to biohazards that only require gloves and face protection, such as non-infectious bacteria. Level 2 biohazards are those that are only mild diseases to humans and that are difficult to contract. Level 3 biohazards are those diseases that are severe, but which have vaccines. Level 4 biohazards are those that are fatal and which there is no vaccine, such as the ebola virus.

Storing Biohazards

Regardless of the type of waste, it must be placed in a leak-proof container. It must have the biohazard labels placed upon it so that those who are handling the waste will be aware of the risk. The container must also have a means of closure that keeps the container sealed airtight. Ideally, the container should be one that is designed specifically for the handling of biohazards. There is more information available at the ICC Compliance Center website.