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    Selection of Appropriate Seals

    Determine your need:

    Choose a seal type that physically fit the device or fixture to be sealed.   Look carefully at length, diameters, and available space to lock and inspect the seal. Also consider the environment and duration of use.

    Use seals with an appropriate level of strength and tamper resistance. First consider if an indicative or barrier seal is required, and at what strength level is best. Also consider costs relative to the security risks for your application.(you can avoid investing too much or too little in seals)

    Use a manageable locking system
    The system should be within the capability of the facility and person (s) applying and inspecting the seal. Also, if special tools are required consider both cost and availability of tools. Sophisticated or complex systems without adequate facilities and staff are not effective

    Materials should be suitable for the environment where the seals are to be used.

    Make sure the seal has capacity to contain all the information needed
    Information may include as little as control number or, such things as logotypes, confidential codes, bar codes, sequential numbers, colour etc.

    In American & European Countries there are many programs completed or underway to evaluate seals and practices. These are mostly government, ISO or academic standards. All are simply reference points for understanding seals, and how they are evaluated.

    Users are still ultimately challenged to choose seals based on considerably more criteria than it put forth in any existing standards.