ANSI Compliant Signs and Labels

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What’s wrong with OSHA signs?

In ANSI, OSHA, Signs and Labels on 1 May 2009 at 8:35 am

OSHA "Confined Space" sign

This is a standard OSHA sign for a confined space. You can buy a sign exactly like this from any sign manufacturer, large or small. You could probably find something similar at your local Home Depot (sure enough, I found this with a simple search). So what’s wrong with it?

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The Little Differences

In ANSI, Safety Symbols, Signs and Labels on 3 April 2009 at 1:33 pm

Radioactive Symbol

Pop Quiz: Which of these is the correct radiation alert symbol?

They are not readily noticeable, but if you look close you will see subtle differences. One of these symbols conforms to international standards, the other does not. Give up? Try these:

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The Risk of Personal Injury

In ANSI, Safety Symbols, Signs and Labels on 20 March 2009 at 9:41 am

Notice - Safety Glasses Required Beyond This Point

I recently saw a sign like this hanging in the window of a machine shop.

There is a major error here. Can you spot it?

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A Good Sign? (Epilogue)

In ANSI, Safety Symbols, Signs and Labels on 19 March 2009 at 9:52 am

A Good Sign

This certainly is a good sign and we have completely conformed to the standardization in ANSI 535. It has come a long way.

The message is clear and the hazard is obvious. After some serious updates, we have a sign that will keep people safe and (as an added bonus) help you avoid a fine from OSHA.

Here is the original design…

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A Good Sign? (Part 3)

In ANSI, Signs and Labels on 18 March 2009 at 9:25 am

A much better sign, but still not completely ANSI compliant.

Last time, we updated the message wording so our sign was both easier to read and easier to comprehend. There is an important last step to making sure this sign is ANSI compliant: design and layout.

First, let’s talk about that safety symbol.

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A Good Sign? (Part 2)

In ANSI, Signs and Labels on 17 March 2009 at 12:45 pm

Not quite ANSI compliant... yet.

Last time we talked about choosing the appropriate header for our safety signs and labels. The above sign is still not ANSI compliant, but it’s certainly better than the sign we started with.

Today, we’ll look at how the wording of our message can dramatically increase comprehension.

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A Good Sign? (Part 1)

In ANSI, Signs and Labels on 16 March 2009 at 2:45 pm

Hazardous Vapors Sign

We have all seen signs like this. You may not immediately recognize anything at all wrong with it. In fact, though, it is not only littered with errors, but hanging a sign like this in your facility may just get you fined by OSHA.

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Effective Safety Symbols

In ANSI, Safety Symbols on 9 March 2009 at 2:30 pm

Abstract Safety Symbol

What does this symbol mean?

If you don’t know, you’re not alone.

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