Designing product safety labels that can communicate information effectively in order to protect people from harm and reduce a company’s liability risk can be a complex task.
In the U.S., our national standard – American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z535 – is a good starting point to guide you in the options to consider. The ANSI standards represent the current best practices in communicating safety on signs and labels. ANSI has established a set of standards – the ANSI Z535 standards – that provide those who design and use warnings with guidance in content considerations and the proper use of symbols, colors, formats and word messages – all to achieve a national, uniform system of hazard recognition so people are less likely to be injured.
Did you know? … Here at Clarion, we have a short video available on ANSI. When you watch the video, “ANSI Standards in Safety Signs and Labels,” you’ll learn how the ANSI standards use colors and signal words to convey severity levels, straight from our CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, who also serves as chair of the ANSI Z535 Committee (the committee in charge of the U.S. standards for safety colors, signs, symbols, labels, tags and safety information in manuals) and chair of the U.S. TAG to ISO/TC 145 (the committee in charge of international standards for safety signs, colors, and symbols). Be sure to take a look – and share!
Need more information on how to get the critical task of safety communication done right? We’re here to help. Contact us today. And, ask us about our safety label assessments, where we evaluate your current labels and provide recommendations to assure compliance with the latest standards and best practices.