Despite all our best efforts and often those of the employees we train and advise - people have a problem with safety. It can be a hard topic to bring to life, and there’s a fine line between honesty and being accused of scaremongering.
Sign labels that can be printed with laser or ink jet printers in minutes and removed cleanly from most surfaces serve to notify, instruct, and even protect personnel in just about every area in a facility
August 2, 2018
Throughout industrial plants and warehouses, signs are posted virtually everywhere from the production floor and inside the warehouse to staff offices, conference rooms and even the break room. In most facilities, there is virtually no room or area spared from these notifications, instructions or warnings, whether informal or mandated by law.
In September 2013, OSHA issued a new rule that incorporated the latest versions of standards for safety signs and tags by the American National Standards Institute. This was the first update in 40 years for OSHA's workplace safety sign and tag formats. Following current best practices for safety signage designs in construction and general industries, employers must adopt the newer ANSI tag and sign formats over time.
High-tech screens are popping up everywhere, but it’s not true that putting up screens has anything to do with an organization’s digital transformation strategy or being high-tech. A screen on a wall might mean a designer or architect thought that particular wall was a good spot, without regard to the safety application on the screen or the connection to the organization’s overall safety goals.
Digital signage is growing in popularity as a powerful communications tool for workplaces. Innovations include use of touchscreen technology, video walls, digital fabric graphics, and high-resolution content displays.
Hazard alerting signs must be placed to alert and inform viewers from a safe viewing distance, according to ANSI Z535.2-2011, Sections 11 and 12. • They must be legible, and must not be a distraction or create a hazard themselves.
The wording on any safety sign should be concise and easy to read, according to ANSI Z535.2-2011, Section 8. The size of the lettering must be of a size that enables a person with normal vision, including corrected vision, to read the safety sign message panel text at a safe viewing distance from the hazard.
New components include: Safety alert symbol (Black exclamation point within a yellow triangle with a black border) • Indicates a potential personal injury hazard exists. • It is only used on DANGER, WARNING and CAUTION signs, labels and tags.
Two agencies govern safety signs and marking: OSHA and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Under OSHA’s revised Hazard Communication Standard, organizations can now use either the ANSI standards from 1967-1968 (ANSI Z53.1, Z35.1 and Z35.2) or from 2011 (ANSI Z535.1, Z535.2 and Z535.5) for safety signage.