Safety label and safety sign systems, when crafted effectively through the use of the latest best practice standards, are a powerful tool for safety professionals to promote a culture of safety, reduce business risk, and protect workers. While the elements that make up the content of the typical safety label or sign – word message, graphical symbols, shape, or colors – are all important, there's another critical component that must be taken into consideration: materials.
According to the ANSI Z535.4 Standard for Product Safety Signs and Labels, warning labels should meet the expected life of the product as well as the anticipated environmental conditions that the product will be exposed to. For labels that withstand environmental and surface conditions, use of the proper materials is key. A safety label must be seen – and seen clearly – in order to be understood; but when degradation or a complete material failure occurs, that objective is hampered. In this way, durability is the first and last component of a legally "adequate" warning.
To learn more about why durability and longevity are essential to every safety sign, label, and marking, view the short, educational video, "Durability of Safety Signs, Labels, and Markings", the latest new video available in the Clarion video library.
Here at Clarion, we proudly offer the finest 3M adhesives, base materials and overlaminates, for products that withstand environmental and surface conditions where others fail. Visit the Clarion website's customization information pages to learn more about our custom safety communication capabilities, and the full range of specialized material options to choose from.
Are your safety communications clear, compliant, made of quality materials – and able to meet your legal duty to warn? When it comes to creating your standards-compliant safety labels and crafting effective visual warning systems, Clarion offers unmatched knowledge to apply the newest standards and give you state-of-the-art peace of mind. For more information, including details on our safety label assessments, contact us today at 1-877-748-0244.