Learn About Water Safety – and Best Practice Pool Signs – at NDPA’s 2015 Conference

Will you be attending the National Drowning Prevention Alliance’s (NDPA) 2015 Annual Educational Conference this week in Dallas/Fort Worth, TX?

As the leading national conference devoted to drowning prevention, it’s a great opportunity to learn more about ways to improve your organization’s water safety program.

And, that includes effective pool safety sign systems.

Signs are a critical element in keeping swimmers safe from harm and in helping to fulfill your legal duty to warn. That’s where Clarion’s innovative pool safety signs can help. Our signs are:

  • Developed by leading experts in safety standards, signage and aquatics
  • The ONLY sign system on the market that’s been viewer-tested and proven to be quickly recognized and easily understood
  • Designed with clear graphical symbols to draw attention to core safety messages
  • A system that repeatedly informs and reminds people of aquatic-related hazards through strategic placement based on viewing distances
  • Compliant with the latest standards to fulfill your legal “duty to warn”

See our system in action.

If you’d like more information about the Clarion pool safety sign system or materials you see at the NDPA show, please browse our website’s pool safety resources or reach out to us! We look forward to working together to better protect swimmers and reduce your organization’s liability risk.

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Video: The Link Between Assessments and Safety Label Best Practices

Are you sure your safety labels are up-to-date? Good news: here at Clarion, we’ve produced a video explaining product safety label best practices and how the assessments we offer can help you to comply with the latest domestic and international standards.

Take a look at our quick, 2-minute video, “Safety Label Assessment Process,” where we explain the importance of today’s standards and the process of keeping labels current and compliant.

“It may seem a little intimidating to get up-to-date with the latest standards and figure out how best to warn about a product’s hazards. When you know what you’re doing, it’s an easy process,” says Clarion’s CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, who also chairs the ANSI Z535 Committee for Safety Signs and Colors and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 145 – Graphical Symbols.

As part of the assessment process, we work with companies to evaluate their labels. This means reviewing the latest OSHA, ANSI and ISO standards, considering label materials and their labels’ anticipated environment of use and durability requirements – and then providing best practice recommendations.

Want more information? Contact us today!

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Top 3 Trends in Product Safety Labeling

This month marks Clarion’s 25th year in the field of visual safety communication. We’d like to take a moment to thank the thousands of companies and clients who have chosen Clarion safety signs and labels over the past quarter century. It’s been our privilege to serve you and work towards our shared goal: preventing accidents and saving lives from tragedy.

With this landmark in mind, here at Clarion, we’ve identified what we see as the three major trends – milestones that we’re proud to say that we’ve been a part of – in product safety labeling over the past 25 years. Keep reading, below, for insight straight from our experts!

Top 3 Trends in Safety Labeling

  1. Availability and use of a U.S. best practice standard: The publication of the groundbreaking ANSI Z535.4 Standard for Product Safety Signs and Labels in 1991 was a milestone event for both product users and product manufacturers. For the first time, a standard existed that gave product manufacturers a viable framework to develop the content and format of their product safety labels. The ANSI Z535.4 standard defined a set of components for on-product warnings that provided people with the information they needed to avoid hazards – and provided manufacturers and U.S. courts with a legal definition for what constituted an “adequate warning.” When used correctly, labels developed to meet the standard help to reduce accidents associated with products and, if an accident does occur, they help to reduce the product manufacturer’s liability exposure should the adequacy of the warning be challenged.
  2. Development and use of a global best practice standard: The publication in 2004 of the international standard in safety labeling, ISO 3864-2 Graphical symbols – Safety colours and safety signs, gave guidelines to manufacturers in nearly all industries for their product safety labels. These rules allowed their warnings (and products) to be accepted globally. This standard represented a major victory for harmonization in the field of safety communication as it included formats that were already established in the ANSI Z535.4 standard.
  3. Use of ISO graphical symbols: Product safety labels need to communicate their information efficiently and effectively. In today’s global marketplace, the use of standardized ISO safety symbols is the third major trend in product safety labeling. A huge ISO standardization effort has been underway this past decade to establish a worldwide visual language of graphical symbols to be used on safety signs, labels and markings. This work has been of tremendous benefit to product manufacturers because symbols can overcome language barriers – a key attribute for a global economy and workforce.

To learn more about the latest best practices and standards related to safety labels, take a look at our Learning Center today!

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Video: Effective Labels – The Jarvis Products Corporation Story

Why are top-quality design and materials, as well as knowledge of U.S. and international safety standards, key in creating product safety labels that help to protect people and reduce risk?

Take a look at our quick, 2-minute video “The Power of Effective Warning Labels: The Jarvis Products Corporation Story” to find out!

In the video, Ken Sachar, engineering manager at Jarvis Products Corporation, a meat processing machinery manufacturer, explains the challenges of product safety labeling for its tools, including warning both domestically and internationally. Adherence to the latest standards and choosing the proper materials are top considerations.

“In order for the tools to work, they have to be dangerous; they’re cutting, they’re chopping and they’re sawing. And when we’re warning, we’re not just warning Americans. We’re warning anybody how to safely operate the tools,” says Sachar, a client of Clarion’s. He goes on to explain how his company has relied on Clarion’s leadership in visual safety communication and materials expertise to create product warnings that communicate safety and withstand their products’ particularly harsh environment-of-use conditions.

Here at Clarion, we specialize in working with our clients to develop labels that meet and exceed current standards, address unique material and size requirements and convey needed safety messages. Learn more in the customization resources section of our site, or reach out to us for any specific questions that we can help with.

And, for more quick news and tips, be sure to browse our comprehensive library of short, educational videos designed to help promote a better understanding of best practices in product safety labels and workplace safety sign systems.

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Understanding Symbols: PPE and Universal Head Shape

When it comes to creating effective product safety labels, symbols are one of the critical building blocks.

Using well-designed symbols – ones that have been developed using design principles standardized by ISO, the global standards body in charge of safety symbols – on your safety labels help them to more universally communicate your safety messages.

Here at Clarion, with our long-time expertise in visual safety communication and experience on the standards-making committees, we’re always here to help give insight on the symbols to use on your signs and labels.

We also have a resource this year that you’ll be sure to want to take a look at: our CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, will be authoring a quarterly column in In Compliance Magazine focusing on the safety symbols used on product safety labels and how they’ve changed over time to become more universally recognizable.

The first article in the four-part series is now available in the magazine’s January 2015 edition. The article explores the development of safety symbols for personal protective equipment (PPE) and the use of the new ISO universal head shape.

Don’t miss this month’s article – and stay tuned here on the Clarion blog for the next piece in the series!

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