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  • Did you know OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration,

  • requires specific labeling in the workplace?

  • In fact, there’s a long list of labels and signs industrial employers are required to display

  • to help protect workers from hazards.

  • These labels and signs must be clearly legible

  • and easy for workers to see and understand from a safe distance.

  • To comply with OSHA standards, and improve hazard identification, sign and label designs

  • should always follow ANSI Z 535 design standards.

  • One of ANSI’s label and sign design standards defines how signal words should be

  • used to describe various hazards and safety levels.

  • These signal words are the large words found at the top of all safety labels and signs.

  • They indicate: Danger, Warning, Caution, Notice and General Safety.

  • Danger is reserved for the most hazardous situations. These are the hazards that, if

  • not avoided, will result in death or serious injury.

  • Common label and sign applications for Danger signs include:

  • High voltage, Heavy equipment hazards And machinery hazards where accidents will lead to death.

  • Warning should only be used to describe a hazard that could result in death or serious injury.

  • Warning signs are often used on: Conveyor systems, Dangerous exposures

  • -And electrical equipment where accidental shocks have the potential to kill.

  • Caution is used for hazard labeling as well,

  • but only hazards which could result in a minor or moderate injury.

  • Caution signs are reserved for less serious hazards.

  • Like: Trip and fall hazards, Non-life threatening electrical shocks,

  • And equipment that may cause minor injury.

  • Notice is not used for hazards.

  • This signal word is used to convey security, sanitation or housekeeping rules.

  • General safety signal words are reserved for safety procedures and similar labels and signs.

  • Each should be worded for specific applications such as, emergency shutdown procedure

  • or operating instructions.

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Did you know OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration,

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