Creating Effective Product Safety Labels

By Bethany Stadelmann | 28th Jan 2014

For product safety engineers, a critical part of the overall safety of products and equipment is your safety labels.

Safety labels can play a key role in preventing injuries and saving lives. This is especially true when it comes to electrical hazard safety labels, where the danger at hand can relate to arc flash, lockout/tagout, grounding, and many more.

Where do you start in designing an effective label? There are several main building block elements that should be considered:

  • Knowing the type of content to go on the label
  • Understanding your intended audience
  • Using the latest standards and best practices when you consider colors, formats, text, content, symbols, materials, and location

Product safety label elements
A compilation of all of the different elements (from signal words
to text messages to symbols) that must be considered, and brought
together cohesively, when designing effective product safety labels.

Designing the most effective safety label possible, keeping all of the above and best practices in mind, can be a very complex task.

InCompliance Magazine - Clarion Safety Systems Article

The good news is: here at Clarion, we're here to help! To learn more about this topic from the experts at Clarion, you'll want to read the "On Your Mark" article featured in the latest issue of In Compliance Magazine, which provides an in-depth discussion from Clarion CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, on effective product safety labels.

"On Your Mark" is a regular column that explores labeling and graphical symbols, and how they're used to convey safety messages. Stay tuned here on the Clarion Safety Systems blog for the next article in this series and for more insight on best practice safety signs, labels, and markings.