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OSHA Watch Question of the Month - May/June 2003

May/June Question of the Month: "What's the difference between danger, caution and warning signs? When are these signs needed in the workplace?"

Answer: Signs and labels tell us where dangers lurk, and what's safe and what isn't. To recognize potentially hazardous situations, the type of sign is as important as the

words on it. The American National Standard Institute, or ANSI, determines the common vocabulary and visual cues for hazardous materials that are easy for everyone to recognize.

According to ANSI Standard Z535.2-1998, the following definitions for signal words and colors are used:

* White letters with a safety RED background
* Black letters with a safety ORANGE background
* Black letters with a safety YELLOW background

Posted by Quality America on December 20, 2005 | Comments (0)


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