Safety Facility Equipment Identification Catalog Page 22 Safety Signs

22 Safety Signs Safety Signs Selection Guide Safety Sign Selection Guide Safety signs are a necessary and required component for warning and communicating messages or notices to your employees, customers and/or the general public. In order to provide a clear and concise message, the sign must meet a variety of requirements and standards. Selecting and placing a safety sign for your facility is more than a workplace requirement, but an opportunity to prevent costly accidents or dangerous hazards for individuals within your facility. Comply with Applicable Regulations Check the specific sign requirements of the regulation you're complying with. Exit and fire extinguisher signs are covered by NFPA and IBC, general and chemical hazards by OSHA, traffic and parking signs by the Dept. of Transportation. Layout, text and signal words are covered by OSHA and ANSI. Below are several of the common regulations affecting signs: Organization What's Covered OSHA - Occupational Safety & Health Administration OSHA 1910.37 Means of Egress, General (Exit signs and routes) OSHA 1910.144 Safety Color Code for Marking Physical Hazards OSHA 1910.145 Specifications for Accident Prevention Signs and Tags OSHA 1910.146 Permit-Required Confined Spaces OSHA 1910.147 Control of Hazardous Energy (Lockout/Tagout) OSHA 1910.1200 Hazard Communication (includes updated GHS standard) OSHA 1910.303 Electrical Subpart S; ((g)(2)(iii) and (h)(5)(iii)[B] - Warning Signs) OSHA 1926.200 Signs, Signals & Barricades for Construction DOT - Department of Transportation Hazardous Materials Warning Placards and Labels - Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 172 Subpart D-Marking, Subpart E - Labeling, Subpart F-Placarding - Title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, Parts 100-199 NFPA - National Fire Protection Association NFPA 70: National Electrical Code NFPA 101: Life Safety Code NFPA 101B: Code for Means of Egress for Buildings and Structures NFPA 704: Standard System for the Identification of the Hazards of Materials for Emergency Response ICC - International Code Council IBC 2015 International Building Code IFC 2015 International Fire Code IMO - International Maritime Organization Resolution A.752(18) Egress and Low Level Lighting ANSI - American National Standards Institute ANSI Z535.1-2006(R2011), Safety Color Code ANSI Z535.2-2011, Environmental and Facility Safety Signs ANSI Z535.3-2011, Criteria for Safety Symbols ANSI Z535.4-2011, Product Safety Signs & Labels ISO - International Standards Organization ISO 7010:2011 Prescribes Safety Signs for the Purposes of Accident Prevention, Fire Protection, Health Hazard Information and Emergency Evacuation. ISO 7001:2007 Graphical Symbols, Public Information Symbols ADA - Americans with Disabilities Act 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design; 703 Signs Meet Occupational Health Administration (OSHA 1910.145) and ANSI (ANSI Z535) regulations and guidelines. NEW! New ANSI Sign Standard Under OSHA's Hazard Communication Standard update, organizations can now use either the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standards from 1967-1968 (ANSI Z53.1, Z35.1 & Z35.2) or from 2011 (ANSI Z535.1, Z535.2 & Z535.5) for safety signage. OSHA's recent Consensus Standard updates the previous sign design by adding visual pictograms, a safety alert symbol in the header, upper and lower case text, and more explanatory text regarding the nature of the hazard, how to avoid the hazard, and consequences of not avoiding the hazard. A safety alert symbol needed for Danger, Warning and Caution signs Greater use of symbols and pictograms Text is succinct, active tense, left justified and follows character case rules Communicates hazard, consequence and avoidance statements

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