Safety signs are a critical part of keeping your swimmers safe and fulfilling your legal duty to warn. But, most signs in use today are inadequate. Text-only messages and long rule lists bury important information. To be an effective layer of protection, signs have to be seen and understood.
Here’s a recent story we’d like to share on how we helped one of our customers solve safety challenges at their pool:
Lifeguards for the City of Willoughby Parks and Recreation department were performing an excessive amount of “pull-outs” each year – where a swimmer had to be physically pulled from the pool. Management wanted to reduce these incidents and increase safety, especially in a particularly problematic section of the pool just beyond the kiddie features area.
The department introduced a four-point plan, which included life jackets, pool markers, swim lessons – and safety signage. For the signage component, Clarion developed a pool safety sign system using best practice graphic designs and repetition of messages to effectively communicate the most serious hazards present: “No Diving”, “Non-Swimmers Wear Lifejackets”, “No Long Breath Holding” and “Watch Your Children.” The strategy resulted in a 55% decrease in pull-outs as well as being honored with Aquatics International’s Best of Aquatics Award for Innovations in Safety. “The major reduction was due to encouraging parents to put lifejackets on non-swimmers, a challenge for a community that had been told ‘No Lifejackets Allowed’ for decades. Our new signs very quickly helped win over our patrons and achieve buy-in from our lifeguards,” management reports.
Summer is officially here. If you’re an aquatic manager or owner – whether your responsibility is at a community pool, hotel or resort – it’s a busy time of year. When it comes to reducing risk at your facility and keeping your patrons safe, it’s important to be aware of a little-known danger: shallow water [...]
This week’s 56th annual American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) Professional Development Conference (PDC) and expo in Denver, CO is expected to set a new record for attendance.Will you be one of the nearly 5,000 workplace safety and health professionals at the event?If so, don’t miss our founder and CEO, Geoffrey Peckham’s PDC lecture on risk [...]
It’s product safety seminar time! Each year, we join a team of product safety, liability and risk experts to instruct an educational program, “Using Warnings and Instructions to Increase Safety and Reduce Liability,” at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. As part of the university’s advanced products courses and offered through the Department of Engineering Professional [...]
When should your safety labels use additional languages? Languages are a reoccurring topic that we’ve seen as a struggle point for both our customers and the standards committees that we’re a part of. Safety labels need to be quickly and easily understood so people can gain an immediate awareness of hazards and avoid accidents and injuries. With increasing [...]
Safety signs are a critical part of the water safety program at your pool. They help to keep swimmers safe from harm and to fulfill your legal duty to warn. Your signs may be providing a layer of protection for your guests – but are they providing an effective layer of protection? Most pool signs in [...]
Every day in the U.S., about 10 people die from unintentional drowning. Children one to four years of age have the highest drowning rates; in that age group, drowning is responsible for more deaths than any other cause except birth defects, the CDC reports. It can happen quickly and quietly – with devastating effects. We understand [...]
The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) Technical Committee 145 (ISO/TC 145) is one of the most influential standards-writing committees in the world. This international committee standardizes the symbols that appear on products and for use in built environments. This includes symbols that indicate everything from the controls for “windshield wipers” and “headlights” in cars, “fast” and [...]
The legal obligation of product manufacturers is to meet or exceed the current versions of standards related to their products when they’re placed into commerce. Using the principal product safety label standards for the design and layout of labels is key to fulfilling this requirement. In the U.S., the primary product safety label standard is the ANSI Z535.4 Standard [...]
Many workers die each year as a result of arc flash explosion accidents – and most are killed because they failed to wear the proper PPE. Your adherence to the use of proper labeling on electrical equipment can help to protect people from the risk of arc flash explosions. Until recently, however, there was not a [...]