Three Decades of Dedication to Safety
We’ll continue to lead, innovate, and pursue excellence to better serve your needs.
From Our Founding in 1990…
Clarion Safety Systems was founded in 1990 in Alpena, MI by Geoffrey Peckham. First named Hazard Communication Systems, Inc. (we changed our name in 2007), our niche was the design and manufacture of safety labels for product manufacturers that would meet the then yet-to-be published ANSI Z535.4 Standard for Product Safety Signs and Labels. Geoffrey correctly recognized that this new standard would provide manufacturers with a viable framework for their products' safety labels. The new standard was both a breakthrough and a necessity. Manufacturers were facing an ever increasing threat of products liability litigation, especially in the area of on-product warnings. Before ANSI Z535.4, there was no recognized state-of-the art for product safety labels and any decision a manufacturer made with regards to their warnings could be challenged if a lawsuit arose claiming “inadequate warnings.” In 1991, Clarion began to change that picture. The ANSI Z535.4 standard was published and Clarion started using it to effectively help product manufacturers improve their on-product warnings. Soon, Clarion was designing and manufacturing safety labels for hundreds and then thousands of commercial and industrial equipment manufacturers. In 2009, Clarion expanded its product line to include environmental and facility safety signs, and in 2012 to include safety signs for use in aquatic environments like pools, beaches, and waterparks. In the 25+ years since our founding, we’ve served the needs of tens of thousands of product manufacturers and facility owners in over 180 industries.
…To Our Headquarters Today
The vision for our headquarters was to be more than just a building; it needed to be an inspiration in itself, reflecting the high quality of our work and our unique design capabilities – and a place that would be a wonderful working environment for our employees to serve our customers. And that’s just what the Clarion campus is. We’re located in Milford, Pennsylvania, a small town with a beautiful location, adjacent to the Delaware River and set in the northern edge of the Pocono Mountains. Completed in 2004 by a local designer and architect, Clarion’s headquarters is a nod towards Frank Lloyd Wright's “Usonian” period with a long horizontal structure and wide board channel lock cedar siding. Using native Pennsylvania bluestone, glass, wood, stainless steel and custom-made dark-aggregate concrete block, the building's materials and elongated shape blend with its tree-filled natural setting. Its windows were purposefully planned to flood the interior with natural light – giving employees a vibrant atmosphere even in the depths of an East coast winter.
Our long-term standards leadership is a legacy created by our founder, Geoffrey Peckham. For nearly three decades, Geoffrey has played a vital role in leading U.S. and international standards harmonization efforts for product safety labels and workplace safety signs, including evacuation pathmarking systems. He currently serves as chair of the ANSI Z535 Committee for Safety Signs and Colors, chair of ISO/TC 145 – Graphical Symbols, and is a member of many industry-specific standards committees related to safety signs and labels for buildings, machinery and products. Geoffrey brings the following credentials and experience to the compliance expertise at Clarion:
- Chair of ISO/TC 145, 2018
- Chair of the ANSI Z535 Committee, 2011-present
- Member, ANSI Z535 Main Committee, 1992-present
- Chair and Delegation Head for the U.S. ANSI TAG to ISO/TC 145 Graphical Symbols, 1996-2017
- Member of the U.S. TAG to ISO/PC 283 – ISO 45001, 2013-present
- Member, ISO/TC8/SC1/WG3, Ships and Marine Technology/Life Saving and Fire Protection/Safety Signs, 2005-2017
- Chair, ANSI Z535.2 Standard for Environmental and Facility Safety Signs, 2008-2011
- Chair, ANSI Z535.1 Standard for Safety Colors, 1994-2008
- Member, ANSI Z535 Executive Committee, 1994-present
- Member, ANSI Z535.1 Safety Colors subcommittee, 1994-present
- Member, ANSI Z535.3 Criteria for Safety Symbols subcommittee, 1994-present
- Member, ANSI Z535.4 Product Safety Signs & Labels subcommittee, 1994-present
- Member, ANSI Z535.5 Safety Tags and Barricade Tapes subcommittee, 2008-present
- Member, ANSI Z535.6 Safety Information in Product Manuals subcommittee, 2003-present
- Member, ASTM E-12 Committee, 2002-2006
- Member, UL 1994 Low Located Lighting Systems STP, 2005-2008
- Taskforce Leader, SEMI S1 Guideline for Equipment Safety Labels, 1998-present
- Member, NYC Building Commissioner’s RS 6-1 Taskforce on Photoluminescent Exit Path Markings, 2005
- Chair, Post-9/11 NYC Building Code Photoluminescent Egress Markings Expert Taskforce, 2004
- Chair, American Woodworking Industry Safety Label Taskforce, 1997
- Chair, American Textile Industry Safety Label Taskforce, 1996
- Project Leader, American Baking Industry Safety Label Standardization Project, 1995
In 2017, Clarion began a new chapter, welcoming CEO, Ron Crawford. Geoffrey Peckham, who served as Clarion’s CEO since founding the company in 1990, shifted his focus to chairman of our board of directors, while also continuing his safety standards development work.
Ron brings 25 years of leadership experience to Clarion – including holding senior positions in the safety industry — most recently serving as vice president of marketing for Dräger, where he led the North American marketing organization for both their medical and safety divisions. He is a graduate of Michigan State University, and holds an MBA from Baldwin-Wallace College.
“I’m proud and excited to be leading the Clarion team. There’s something very special about the common objectives of every one of our team members to protect people from harm while supporting our customers in achieving their business objectives. We’re given the opportunity to continue building a strong and growing company by positively impacting people’s lives through workplace safety. It doesn’t get much better than that,” Ron says.