Sign and Tag Requirements for Accident Prevention
This section has been reviewed and updated as needed: June 2014
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Standard Z53.1, Safety Color Code for Marking Physical Hazards, and the identification of certain equipment specifies standard colors and signs to be used in a safety and health program. The State’s Work Place Requirements Program for Safety and Health adopts ANSI Z53.1 in order to provide uniformity throughout the University.
- Red is recommended for identifying fire protection equipment, danger and emergency stops on machines.
- Yellow because of its high visibility is the standard color for marking hazards that may result in accidents from slipping, falling, striking against, etc.
- Green in combination with white, such as the green cross on a white background, designates the location of first aid and safety equipment.
- Black and White and combinations of the two in strips or checks are used for housekeeping and traffic markings.
- Orange is the standard color to highlight hazardous parts of machines or electrical equipment, such as exposed edges of cutting devices, the inside of removed guards, and the doors and covers of switch boxes.
- Magenta identifies radiation hazards, such as radioactive materials, in rooms and containers.
Whenever possible, the hazards are to be eliminated.
- Danger signs must be used only where an immediate hazard exists.
- Danger signs must have red as the predominant color for the upper panel, black outline on the borders and a white lower panel for additional sign wording.
- Caution signs shall be used only to warn against potential hazards or to caution against unsafe practices.
- Caution signs shall have yellow as the predominant color, black upper panel and borders, yellow lettering or “caution” on the black panel, and the lower yellow panel for additional sign wording. Black lettering shall be used for additional wording.
- Construction areas shall be posted with legible traffic signs at points of hazard.
- All traffic control signs or devices used for protection of State employees and the public shall conform to the American National Standards Institute D6 current Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways. Available from ANSI, 1430 Broadway, NY, NY 10018.
DANGER – LASER LIGHT
DO NOT LOOK INTO PRIMARY LASER BEAM
- The biological hazard warning symbol must be used to signify the actual or potential presence of a biohazard and to identify equipment, containers, rooms, materials or combinations thereof which contain or are contaminated with viable hazardous agents.
- For the purpose of this standard the term “Biological Hazard” or biohazard shall include only those infectious agents presenting a risk or potential risk to the well being of man.
- This symbol may be a fluorescent orange or orange red color with the background color optional. Each sign shall have the appropriate wording identifying the nature of the hazard involved, name of individual responsible for its control and precautionary information.
The label shall state:
Contains Asbestos Fibers
Breathing Asbestos Dust May Cause
Serious Bodily Harm
CANCER – SUSPECT AGENT
AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY
Containers shall have the warning words “CANCER – SUSPECT AGENT” displayed immediately under the contents identification.