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Creating Compliant OSHA Signs: Tips and Best Practices

03 October, 2023

Danger Hazardous Voltage OSHA Sign on a Cyclone Fence

Creating compliant OSHA safety signs is a crucial element in the overarching mission of fostering a safe and secure work environment for all. These signs, mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), serve as silent sentinels, providing essential guidance and warnings to safeguard against potential hazards and mitigate workplace accidents. Here are a few best practices for creating these OSHA signs to ensure their effectiveness: 

  1. Infographic detailing the proper color choices for an OSHA sign or label based on hazard conditionsIdentify all hazards: The initial step in this process is a comprehensive hazard assessment. By scrutinizing your workplace, you unearth hidden dangers, enabling the crafting of signs tailored to specific risks. Identifying these hazards is akin to mapping out potential danger zones on the road to workplace safety.
  2. Select or design appropriate safety signs and tags: Armed with a clear understanding of hazards, you can proceed to the next phase: choosing or customizing OSHA signs and labels. Just like selecting the right tools for the job. Sometimes, off-the-shelf signs may suffice, but custom designs are often necessary to address unique hazards and operational contexts.
  3. Ensure proper wording, graphics, and colors: A well-constructed safety sign is more than just words and symbols; it's a precise communication tool. These OSHA safety labels must contain specific elements such as signal words (e.g., "Danger," "Caution"), consistent color codes (e.g., red for fire-related hazards), appropriate language, and legible fonts in order to meet OSHA labeling requirements. This uniformity in design ensures that the message is clear and readily comprehensible.
  4. DuraLabel-Create-Compliant-OSHA-Safety-Signs-Sign-Anatomy-FloatPosition signs carefully: Much like strategically placed road signs guide drivers, safety signs should be strategically positioned throughout the workplace. These signs should not only be visible but also intuitively located to convey their message effectively. Proper placement ensures that employees and visitors can quickly recognize and respond to potential dangers.
  5. Use ANSI symbols: While not mandated by OSHA, incorporating ANSI (American National Standards Institute) symbols can enhance safety sign comprehension. These symbols serve as a universal language, transcending language barriers and aiding untrained individuals in grasping the sign's message swiftly.
  6. Ensure compliance: Compliance with OSHA's safety sign regulations is not just a legal obligation but a moral commitment to employee well-being. It sets a baseline for safety practices, ensuring that the most fundamental safety precautions are in place. It's imperative to stay abreast of evolving regulations to maintain a safe working environment to ensure you constantly meet OSHA labeling requirements.

OSHA Signs and Visual Safety Communication Resources from DuraLabel  

Utilize DuraLabel's OSHA Safety Signs Instant Action Guide to create safety signs that not only meet OSHA standards, but also serve as powerful tools for safeguarding the health and welfare of your employees. These signs are quietly overseeing your workplace, and consistently reinforcing the significance of safety. Luckily, these detailed signs can easily be handled by the DuraLabel Kodiak Max Industrial Sign and Label Print System.

Want to learn how to implement 5s with all of your industrial label needs? Download a free copy of the 5s Instant Action Guide. Give us a call today at 1-888-326-9244 and one of our experts will guide you through the process. 

OSHA Safety Sign Guide
Label in accordance with OSHA and ANSI standards.

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