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Safety Labels: Warning Labels & Signs

Written by Steve Hudgik

Warning label for Supplied-AirWarning signs are used to identify a hazard level that is more serious than CAUTION, but not as serious as DANGER. Warning labels and signs identify a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.

Orange Warning Label - warning ear protection requiredThere is not a mandated design for warning labels and signs. They most frequently are orange with a black header or white with an orange header. The word WARNING is boldly printed across the top. A description of the hazard or the requirements to mitigate the hazard is printed on the lower portion of the label. This description may include graphics, text, or both.

There are no size standards for warning signs and labels can be any size. The size should be such that it can be noticed and easily read from a safe distance. They must be sufficiently large enough to communicate the warning information before someone enters a dangerous area or performs a harmful action.

Arc Flash Warning LabelsThe labels shown on this page illustrate some of the possibilities for warning label designs. Although there are no required standards, you should select a design for your facility and make all warning labels and signs conform to that standard.

No other types of labels or signs should have a design similar to that of the design of your warning labels and signs--for example, do not use orange as the color for directional signs. This will help ensure that warnings are immediately recognized.

Warning Signs Matter

DuraLabel provides the right tools you need to make the safety signs and labels you need. But just having them doesn't create a safer work environment; you have to actually use them. A news story from South Australia's Occupational Health, safety and welfare government agency (SafeWork SA) demonstrates the consequences when workers failed to apply warning signs and labels where they were needed.

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