Safety symbols

September 17, 2010

There are various international Standards for the use of safety, hazard, warning and caution symbols and the text that accompanies them.

Here are some resources:

Relevant Standards include:

  • ANSI Z535.1 — Safety Colors
  • ANSI Z535.2 — Environmental and Facility Safety Signs
  • ANSI Z535.3 — Criteria for Safety Symbols
  • ANSI Z535.4 — Product Safety Signs and Labels
  • ANSI Z535.5 — Safety Tags and Barricade Tags (for Temporary Hazards)
  • ANSI Z535.6 — Product Safety Information In Product Manuals, Instructions, And Other Collateral Materials
  • ISO/IEC 26514 — Systems and software engineering – Requirements for designers and developers of user documentation (there’s a section on warnings, cautions and notes)

Searching for the phrase ‘safety symbols’ at a site like http://infostore.saiglobal.com/store/default.aspx will give you many more.

[Links last checked February 2013; thanks to members of the STC Usability SIG for alerting me to some of these resources]

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