VULCAN SAFETY SIGNS
The Role of Safety Signs
Environmental, health and safety professionals know that it’s critical to effectively communicate safety. Safety signage plays a key role in achieving this objective. They are the visual tools used to remind people of potential hazards and how to avoid them. Another tool is to reinforce your safety training programs.
Your safety signage is a direct reflection of your company’s safety culture. Your safety signage and training demonstrate your care and concern for the health and safety of your employees, guests, visitors, subcontractors and temporary workers.
The New ANSI Standard - Z535.2-2011
As organizations adopt the latest ANSI standards, the U.S. will increasingly require uniform safety signing. Uniformity leads to more effective communication, with the ultimate objective being fewer accidents in the workplace. These standards truly move the industry forward. With it comes safety and worker protection by:
Vulcan Safety Signs
All Vulcan safety signs are fabricated in compliance with the ANSI Standard Z535.2-2011. All signs are made from .040 aluminum with rounded corners for safety and holes punched for easy installation. Signs are screen printed or digitally printed on a durable, scuff resistant vinyl background. Small quantities are available for quick shipment. Reflective safety signs and decals are also available. Available sizes include 10” x 7”, 14” x 10” and 20” x 14”. Custom sizes also available.
Choose the Correct Size SignChoose size based on minimum safe viewing distance
Standard Size: 7” x 5”
Minimum Safe Viewing Distance: 8 ft.
Standard Size: 10" x 7"
Minimum Safe Viewing Distance: 10 ft.
Standard Size: 14" x 10"
Minimum Safe Viewing Distance: 20 ft.
Standard Size: 20" x 14"
Minimum Safe Viewing Distance: 30 ft.
Choose the Correct Signal Word
Choose the Correct Safety Symbol
The U.S. population is multi-ethnic, highly mobile and derived from a multiplicity of social and educational backgrounds, with different reading and word comprehension skills. These factors complicate the effectiveness of word-only signs. Effective safety symbols have demonstrated their ability to provide critical information for accident prevention and for personal protection. Signs with safety symbols can promote greater and more rapid communication of the safety message and therefore greater safety for the general population.
This type of safety symbol conveys the nature of the hazard.
This type of safety symbol conveys actions that should not be taken.
This type of safety symbol conveys actions that should be taken to avoid hazards.
This type of safety symbol is generally used on Safety Equipment Locations and Egress Signs to convey first aid location and means of escape.
This type of safety symbol is generally used on Fire Equipment Location Signs and can convey the type of fire equipment.
Choose the correct verbiage to coordinate with the safety symbol
Determine the message by taking the points below in consideration
The word message on a safety sign typically communicates information to an observer on the type of hazard, the consequences of not avoiding the hazard and how to avoid the hazard. Many factors must be considered when determining whether to omit consequence, avoidance, or type of hazard information in the word message. Factors to consider include whether the message can be inferred from a symbol, other text messages, the target audience’s training, or the context in which the safety sign is used.
Various Orientation and Formats Available
Flexibility in orientation and size is promoted in order to best convey the sign's message, while also taking into consideration the desired placement of the sign. There are few restrictions in this area of the ANSI standard. It is best to remain with a straight sided rectangle. Several examples are below that illustrate different orientations.
Horizontal formats can be extended to provide additional space for the word message.
Keep the safety alert symbol and signal word next to each other and centered in the signal word panel.
Multi-Hazard & Multilingual Formats Available
This selection of additional languages for safety signs is an extremely complex issue. The use of safety symbols is strongly encouraged in order to better communicate the sign’s hazard information. The following formats should be considered for multilingual signing.