As the undead begin to encroach during the waning daylight hours, it’s critical to make sure your safety signs are OSHA-compliant. OSHA’s primary hazard classifications for danger, warning, caution, and biohazard are designed to be noticed – important when you want to ensure your employees show up for work alive the next day. Use the following information to keep your employees safe, and at the same time avoid being cited by OSHA.
The DANGER signal word is printed in white letters on a red background and preceded by the safety alert symbol. The message panel, beneath the signal word, is where the safety message is printed, usually in black or red over white. You can also print in white over a black safety panel. Pictograms may be used to help workers recognize hazards sooner and from safe distances.
The WARNING signal word is written in black on an orange background header and proceeded by a safety alert symbol. The text in the message panel may be printed in white letters on a black panel or black letters on a white panel. Warning signs and labels can be any size and printed in a landscape or portrait format. Keep in mind, alternative design and color options should only be used to improve worker comprehension.
The CAUTION signal word is written in black letters on a yellow background and is preceded by a safety alert symbol, except when used for a non-personal injury. The message panel below the signal word contains the safety message and any additional safety symbols. Everything printed inside the message panel is black text on white or white text on black.
BIOHAZARD" or “BIOLOGICAL HAZARD.”
The biohazard symbol can be black, fluorescent orange, or an orange-red color. Background color is optional as long as there is sufficient contrast for the biohazard symbol to be clearly defined. A biohazard can also be indicated on a danger or warning sign and may include the safety alert symbol. If incapacitated zombies are strewn about your work area, they should be tagged with biohazard signs.
Not included the DuraNews article was the correct use of ANSI NOTICE signs, so:
Notice signs may include other graphic symbols to convey intent. The NOTICE signal word is written in white letters on a blue background , or blue letters on a white background . The message panel below the signal word contains the policy message and any additional safety symbols. Everything printed inside the message panel is black text on white.
For more information about signage, labels, and markers that are useful around your production environment, go to DuraLabel's web site.