Understanding Symbols: PPE and Universal Head Shape

When it comes to creating effective product safety labels, symbols are one of the critical building blocks.

Using well-designed symbols – ones that have been developed using design principles standardized by ISO, the global standards body in charge of safety symbols – on your safety labels help them to more universally communicate your safety messages.

Here at Clarion, with our long-time expertise in visual safety communication and experience on the standards-making committees, we’re always here to help give insight on the symbols to use on your signs and labels.

We also have a resource this year that you’ll be sure to want to take a look at: our CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, will be authoring a quarterly column in In Compliance Magazine focusing on the safety symbols used on product safety labels and how they’ve changed over time to become more universally recognizable.

The first article in the four-part series is now available in the magazine’s January 2015 edition. The article explores the development of safety symbols for personal protective equipment (PPE) and the use of the new ISO universal head shape.

Don’t miss this month’s article – and stay tuned here on the Clarion blog for the next piece in the series!

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Coming in 2015: New Website and Product Safety Label Catalog

With 2014 drawing to an end, here at Clarion, we have some exciting news to share about what the coming year will hold for our customers and partners.

In the new year, we’ll launch a new customer-centric, user-friendly website that will help viewers to easily locate and order the products they need to help prevent accidents and reduce liability.

Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the features you’ll find on the new website:

  • Best practice functionality, including easier product navigation and shopping.
  • A refresh to the site’s look and feel, with clean and user-friendly design improvements.
  • Fresh, comprehensive content in our online Learning Center on product safety labels and workplace safety signs, providing practical information on the latest standards and best practices related to visual safety communication – and how to apply them.

And, the website isn’t the only key addition you’ll see in 2015. We know that some of our customers and partners prefer offline resources and ordering tools. To meet those needs, we’ll be producing a new printed safety label catalog and resource guide to promote a better understanding of the complexities of product safety labeling.

We look forward to these upcoming improvements, which are part of our commitment to quality and to providing unmatched expertise and service.

Stay tuned for more news to come!

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Safety Sign and Label Quick Tip: Why Materials Matter

When it comes to effectively communicating safety through signs and labels, you’re likely already well-aware that properly crafting the content is important.

But, here’s a fact that you may not have considered quite as closely: durability, and the material choices you make, are just as important as content.

Why? Safety signs and safety labels need to be seen – and seen clearly – in order to be understood. Potential injuries and deaths, and your company’s liability exposure, depend on the longevity of the materials used in the manufacture of your signage.

Take a look at Clarion’s quick, 3-minute video, “Durability of Safety Signs, Labels and Markings,” where we explain what ANSI Z535 says about warning labels and expected life of products, as well as why durability is essential to every workplace safety sign and product safety label.

For more up-to-date information, resources and tips on a wide range of topics related to safety signs and labels, visit the Clarion video library or Learning Center.

And, keep in mind, our product lines of workplace safety signs, water safety signs and product safety labels offer the finest 3M adhesives, base materials and overlaminates, for products that withstand environmental and surface conditions where others fail. We have a full range of material options to choose from; if you have a material durability issue or question, we can work with you to find a specialized solution. Contact us today to learn more!

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Product Safety Labels: New Clarion Article!

Looking for more information on how labels can be used to effectively convey safety messages for your products or electrical equipment?

Then you won’t want to miss NEMA’s latest eiXtra e-newsletter. This month, our partners in safety at NEMA, the trade association for the electrical manufacturing industry, have featured an article from Clarion called, “Your Guide to Effective Product Safety Labels.”

The article is a featured guest column from our CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, who also serves as chair of the ANSI Z535 Committee for Safety Signs and Colors and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 145 – Graphical Symbols.

You’ll learn about the goal of safety labels, defining types of labels to fit specific needs and best practices for label designs that are in compliance with the latest national and international standards.

Be sure to head over to NEMA’s website to take a look at our article, as well as the rest of the newsletter, which is packed with manufacturer, regulatory and standardization news for electroindustry professionals.

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OSHA’s Incorporation of the ANSI Z535 Standards: What’s It Mean for Manufacturers?

Why is OSHA’s change to incorporate the ANSI Z535-2011 standards in their regulations important to product manufacturers using ANSI Z535.4 warnings on their products?

NEMA, the trade association for the electrical manufacturing industry, asked this question of our CEO, Geoffrey Peckham, in the latest issue of its ei Magazine.

With Clarion and Geoffrey’s work in the standards arena – including his role as chair of the ANSI Z535 Committee for Safety Signs and Colors – this topic, part of the magazine’s theme this month of ‘standards collaboration’, is just the right fit for us!

Now, to answer the question: there are two main reasons why this development in OSHA’s regulations is important to product design engineers.

First, the OSHA change represents the U.S. government’s validation of the ANSI Z535 design principles as the state of the art for warnings. This gives companies using ANSI Z535.4 labels an even better defense position should an accident occur and warnings are at issue.

Second, as employers install ANSI Z535-style signs and tags in their facilities and public areas, the U.S. will increasingly have a single, national uniform system of hazard recognition. The outcome of this consistency should be more effective communication.


Read the “Ask the Expert” Q and A in the October 2014 issue of NEMA’s ei Magazine to learn more.

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