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October 22, 2012 | Vol. 20

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Reducing Risk and Protecting People with 2011 ANSI Z535 Standards
by Geoffrey Peckham, Chair of ANSI Accredited Standards Committee (ASC) Z535

ANSI Z535.2-2011 Signal Word Panel GraphicThe ANSI Z535 standards are the principle standards in the U.S. for the development of safety signs, labels, and tags, and for formatting safety information in manuals. Safety professionals who are responsible for protecting people (either on-premises or using products) should consider purchasing a full set of the ANSI Z535 standards and using them to their fullest extent to reduce risk.

These standards were revised in the last quarter of 2011 and their newest versions do a great job of setting forth a national system for safety communication in ways that are in synch with modern day risk assessment methodologies. Through their use, companies, industries, and the country as a whole will benefit from improved safety communication. The six standards that make up the series are:

ANSI Z535 standards clearly articulate a national uniform system for communicating safety. In the 2011 version, all six standards share common language to define terms, design elements, and design principles.

In the U.S., ANSI Z535.2 applies to nearly all safety signs installed inside and outside facilities and on fences, walls, and posts in public and private venues; ANSI Z535.4 to most safety labels found on commercial, industrial, and consumer products; and ANSI Z535.5 to all safety tags. When these three standards are combined, they set forth a single systematic approach to communicating safety that covers the vast majority of visual safety communication that takes place in this country.

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