ANSI Standards in Safety Signs and Labels – Your Quick Video Guide!

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.

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Upcoming Seminar at ASSE Safety 2014: OSHA/ANSI Safety Sign Systems

Here’s an update for all of the safety, health and environmental professionals and our partners in safety attending this year’s American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) annual expo and professional development conference:

Clarion’s CEO Geoffrey Peckham will be presenting an educational seminar on OSHA/ANSI safety sign systems as an outcome of risk assessment at the ASSE Safety 2014 show, taking place next week, June 8 – 11, in Orlando, Florida.

Are you interested in attending? The session is #517, titled, “A New and Powerful Risk Reduction Technique: Creating OSHA/ANSI Safety Sign Systems as an Outcome of Risk Assessment,” and takes place Monday, June 9 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Many safety professionals aren’t aware of OSHA’s recent safety sign regulation changes – changes that go beyond the GHS initiative and effect nearly every industry. This session will explain how to use the new tools of risk assessment and the OSHA/ANSI safety sign standards to create safety sign systems that reduce accidents and prevent liability exposure. The seminar will explore these two new tools and how they can be practically applied, with the ultimate goal of helping to create safer work environments to prevent fatalities, injuries and illnesses.

To learn more, visit the ASSE Safety 2014 website. We hope to see you there!

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Clarion’s CEO to Present Course on Product Safety and Liability

Attention engineers, product safety personnel, paralegals, attorneys, and others with product safety-related responsibilities! We have news on an upcoming educational program offered by the University of Wisconsin. The 3-day Annual Product Liability Conference is designed to assist organizations in enhancing their current product safety and liability prevention activities by obtaining up-to-date information on a wide range of topics from experts in the field.

Clarion CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, will be one of the experts featured in the program. In the June 24 session, he’ll share safety communication experience and standards expertise related to the ANSI Z535 standards, as well as a hands-on workshop. Topics will include:

  • The ANSI Z535 Standards for Product Safety Signs and Labels
  • International Standards
  • U.S./International Standards Harmonization
  • Durability Considerations
  • Warnings Improvement Workshop Using Attendees’ Existing Labels

The course will be held June 24 – 26 in Madison, Wisconsin and is currently open for enrollment. Visit the University of Wisconsin’s website for the full course outline, information on earning continuing education credits, and enrollment details.

Want to preview Clarion’s safety expertise? View the Clarion video library to see our educational videos on topics like: Effective Safety Symbols, Signs and Labels; ANSI Standards in Safety Signs and Labels; ISO Symbols for Safety Signs and Labels; and Durability of Safety Signs, Labels, and Markings.

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ASSE Foundation and Clarion Partner to Promote Safety Education

Here at Clarion, we take education seriously – whether it’s aiding our customers in their efforts to provide safer products and workplaces through our standards-compliant signs and labels, or offering continued education on best practices in warnings to the safety community.

That’s why we’re excited to share an update on one of our efforts to support educational opportunities that pave the way for future safety communications professionals: the Clarion Safety Systems Doctoral Scholarship.

This annual scholarship is the result of an ongoing partnership with the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) and its Foundation, organizations that share Clarion’s commitment to protecting people and making workplaces safer. Each spring, through the ASSE Foundation Scholarship and Professional Education Grant program, the Clarion Safety Systems Doctoral Scholarship is awarded to an aspiring safety communication professional pursuing a doctoral degree in occupational safety and health.

We’re pleased to announce that the Clarion Safety Systems Doctoral Scholarship has a new recipient for 2014: Marie-Claude Lavoie. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland’s Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, and her credentials include work focused on occupational health in Latin America and the Caribbean. Congratulations, Marie-Claude, and best wishes for your career in occupational safety and health!

To learn more about the Clarion Safety Systems Doctoral Scholarship or this year’s scholarship recipient, please be sure to read our news release.

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Effective Product Safety Labels: Your Guide to Symbols

For product safety engineers, when designing your safety labels, you want them to be as effective as possible. After all, they can help to prevent injuries and saves lives.

What’s one of the most fundamental elements to consider in designing your labels? Symbols. With the understanding that it’s imperative for product manufacturers to communicate safety information about residual risks efficiently and effectively, and to do so in a global marketplace, it’s the symbols you place on your safety labels that have become increasingly significant.

Here’s a good example:The label, above, is a best practice Read Manual safety label in English – with a clear and eye-catching symbol. Because of the symbol, even without knowledge of the English language, the viewer would have an understanding of the label’s message.

Interested in learning more about the role that symbols play in safety communication? Read the “On Your Mark” article featured in the latest issue of In Compliance Magazine, which provides an in-depth discussion from Clarion CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, on the use of symbols in effective product safety labels.

“On Your Mark” is a regular column that explores labeling and graphical symbols, and how they’re used to convey safety messages. Stay tuned here on the Clarion Safety Systems blog for the next article in this series – and for more insight on best practice safety signs, labels, and markings.

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