Signs and Wayfinding: Promoting a Better Understanding

What’s happening at the leading edge of signing? A great resource is the Sign Design Society. Its members work on signing and environmental graphic projects all around the world and have produced some of the most iconic sign systems of our time – like those found at the last three Olympic games, mass transit systems such as Dubai Metro and wayfinding systems at international airports.

The Society’s aim is to promote a better understanding of the importance of signing and wayfinding, and to provide platforms for dialog.

One of the upcoming events aimed at doing just that takes place later this Fall, in London, U.K. And, our CEO Geoffrey Peckham, has been selected to present a lecture at this September gathering. The talk, titled, “Reducing Risk: Safety Signs and Markings – Their Role in the United States,” will discuss how safety signs and markings in the U.S. help to protect people from harm and organizations from liability, and will also provide an opportunity to compare and contrast approaches to safety signs in the U.S., U.K., and Europe.

Interested in learning more? Visit The Sign Design Society’s website or their information on attending this particular session.

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Attending VPPPA’s 2014 Conference? Don’t Miss the Safety Sign Systems Seminar!

Are you one of the many safety, health and environmental professionals attending this year’s National Voluntary Protection Programs Participants’ Association’s (VPPPA) Annual National Conference, taking place August 25 – 28 in National Harbor, MD?

If so, be sure to take a look at Monday afternoon’s session on, “A New and Powerful Risk Reduction Technique: Creating OSHA/ANSI Safety Sign Systems as an Outcome of Risk Assessment.” Clarion’s CEO Geoffrey Peckham has been selected to present this educational session on OSHA/ANSI safety sign systems as an outcome of risk assessment.

Many safety professionals aren’t aware of OSHA’s recent safety sign regulation changes. This session will explain how to use the new tools of risk assessment and the OSHA/ANSI standards to create safety sign systems aimed at reducing accidents and preventing liability exposure.

To learn more, read our recent news release or visit the VPPPA conference website.

We look forward to seeing you at VPPPA!

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Quick Video: Preventing Swimming Pool Accidents and Lawsuits

You may be aware of some of the videos in Clarion’s comprehensive library of short, educational pieces designed to help promote a better understanding of best practices in product safety labels and workplace safety sign systems.

But, did you know that we also have videos available on pool safety?

In our 4-minute video, “Preventing Swimming Pool Accidents and Lawsuits,” you’ll learn about the risks associated with drowning and how a best practice safety sign system can serve to more effectively communicate water hazards and risks.

Geoffrey Peckham, CEO of Clarion, and Dr. Tom Griffiths, an expert from the Aquatics Safety Research Group, explain common hazards and important warnings associated with aquatic environments, such as watch your children, non-swimmers wear life jackets, no diving, and no long breath holding. The video also provides information on the legal duty to warn for aquatic facilities and tips on how current warnings can be improved upon to be more effective and better understood by guests.

For more news, facts and tips on water safety and effective safety signs, be sure to visit the pool safety sign section of Clarion’s website today!

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New Pool Safety Reference Guide Now Available – And Features Clarion!

It’s summertime, the time of year when many of us could benefit by brushing up on our water safety knowledge. If you’re a pool operator, pool manager, residential pool owner, swimming coach, or lifeguard, there’s a new resource for practical water safety information that may be especially helpful to be aware of –
The Complete Swimming Pool Reference

Aquatic professionals Tom Griffiths and Rachel Griffiths recently published the third edition of their book, “The Complete Swimming Pool Reference.” The book aims to educate on the newest swimming pool technologies and information in order to improve the safety and enjoyment of guests at aquatic facilities, and has now been updated with the latest news and trends on topics like the Americans with Disabilities Act, risk management, and water safety. Clarion Pool Safety Signs

You won’t want to miss the chapter on “Rethinking Pool Signage,” which has been authored by Clarion’s CEO, Geoffrey Peckham. That section of the book explores the main purposes of pool safety sign systems and the characteristics of effective, best practice signage.

“Aquatic facilities face three major challenges: preventing accidents from occurring, protecting their facility from liability and meeting code regulations,” Peckham says. “Using the ANSI standards, well-designed graphical symbols, clearly defining and communicating their content, and choosing the ideal placement locations are the keys to an effective pool safety sign system. Getting this information right can be the difference between life and death for a facility’s patrons.”

To learn more about pool safety and effective pool safety sign systems, be sure to visit the pool safety section of our website today!

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Effective Product Safety Labels: Your Guide to Content

Designing effective product safety labels that can help to prevent injuries and save lives is a complex task. One of the key elements that needs to be considered is your content – the symbols and text that are used to communicate information to protect people from harm and companies from product liability risk.

Where do you start? The ANSI Z535 standards – which represent the U.S. best practices in communicating safety on signs, labels, tags and in manuals – are a good starting point. ANSI Z535.4, specifically, defines the content of your safety labels and makes it very clear what should be conveyed.

When it comes to communicating through an ANSI Z535.4-compliant label, there are three visual elements used:

  1. Signal word (which communicates the degree or level of seriousness of the hazard)
  2. Symbol(s)
  3. Word message (both of these last two elements identify the hazard, the probable consequence of involvement with the hazard, and how the hazard can be avoided)

                                  OSHA-style                           ANSI Z535-style

In the example above, you can see how the up-to-date ANSI Z535.4 “Danger – High Voltage” label at right conveys more complete hazard information than its older, OSHA-style counterpart at left.

Interested in learning more about content and safety communications? 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 content and 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.

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