Symbols are a key element in label design. To be most effective and compliant with best practices, symbols should come from the most up-to-date standards or be drawn using the latest standards-based illustration techniques.
Milford, PA (PRWEB) May 21, 2015
Clarion Safety Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of safety signs and safety labels, has been featured in the latest issue of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) newsletter, eiXtra.
The eiXtra e-newsletter provides electroindustry professionals with manufacturer, regulatory, and standardization news. The publication is a bi-monthly email newsletter that supplements ei, NEMA’s monthly print magazine.
Geoffrey Peckham, CEO of Clarion Safety Systems, contributed a featured guest column to the newsletter regarding safety labeling for product and electrical equipment manufacturers and how labels can be used to effectively convey safety messages. The article explores symbols – a key element in label design – and how, to be most effective and compliant with best practices, symbols should come from the most up-to-date standards or be drawn using the latest standards-based illustration techniques.
Peckham’s credentials include currently serving as chair of both the ANSI Z535 Committee for Safety Signs and Colors and the U.S. Technical Advisory Group to ISO Technical Committee 145 – Graphical Symbols. He has also been selected as a member of the U.S. TAG to ISO/PC 283, an ISO committee writing a new standard, ISO 45001 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems, which will, when finished, define global best practices for workplace safety.
“Both national and global best practices dictate that, as the product manufacturer, you should provide warnings on products that have residual risks. The use of graphical symbols to help accomplish this task is highly encouraged in many regulations and standards,” says Peckham. “Rarely, though, are the actual label design specifications defined. This means you have options to choose from when it comes to how best to integrate symbols and text to convey your safety message.”
To learn more about the latest developments in product safety labeling, visit Clarion’s website or watch its short, educational video on “Effective Safety Symbols, Signs and Labels.”
Additional up-to-date information covering a wide range of topics related to a manufacturer’s duty to warn and the latest standards-based best practices can be found in Clarion’s online safety sign and product safety label Learning Center.
ABOUT CLARION SAFETY SYSTEMS
Clarion Safety Systems, LLC, is the leading designer and manufacturer of visual safety solutions that help customers in more than 180 industries worldwide to make their products and premises safer. Clarion offers a full range of standard and custom products including machinery safety labels, environmental and facility safety signs, pipe and valve identification markings, lockout/tagout products, and safety-grade photoluminescent egress path-marking escape systems. Founded in 1990, the company continues to play a leading role in the development and writing of international and national standards for safety signs, labels, and markings. Clarion is headquartered at 190 Old Milford Road in Milford, PA, 18337, and online at http://www.clarionsafety.com.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia, its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products used in the generation, transmission, distribution, and end use of electricity as well as medical diagnostic imaging.