Insight from Clarion Safety Systems on New Developments in Markings for Emergency Stop Actuators Featured in In Compliance Magazine

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Clarion Safety Systems’ CEO Geoffrey Peckham has been featured in the latest issue of In Compliance Magazine, a leading resource for electrical engineering professionals, providing expertise on emergency stop symbols and signage

The need to correctly identify emergency stop actuators designed into machinery is critical so operators can easily locate them to stop a machine in an emergency situation.

Clarion Safety Systems, a leading designer and manufacturer of safety signs and safety labels, has been featured in the latest issue of In Compliance Magazine, a leading source for news, information and resources for electrical engineering professionals.

In Compliance delivers the latest news, standards updates, technical explanations and guidance, as a resource for engineers to turn to for education, information and inspiration.

Geoffrey Peckham, CEO of Clarion Safety Systems, authored the “On Your Mark” column, published in the October 2015 edition of In Compliance Magazine. One of the critical building blocks for a product’s safe design is the proper use of color-coding and symbols. The article explores the new developments that have occurred in the field of marking emergency stop actuators, focusing on the NFPA 79, EN/IEC 60204-1 and EN/ISO 13850 standards, as well as the Machinery Directive.

“The need to correctly identify emergency stop actuators designed into machinery is critical so operators can easily locate them to stop a machine in an emergency situation,” says Peckham. “Following the latest best practices for symbols is important in helping to identify these devices. They provide practical guidance to make sure machine products are in compliance with the latest standards on this vital, potentially life-saving topic.”

The article is the final piece in a four-part series focusing on safety symbols. “On Your Mark” is a regular column that discusses the latest best practices in labeling and how graphical symbols are used to more effectively convey safety messages.

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. In addition, he is an active member of many industry-specific standards committees related to safety signs and labels for buildings, ships, machinery and products.

Clarion is an emergency stop indication resource. The company’s website includes die-cut yellow emergency stop legend plates (with and without text) in hole sizes of 22.5mm and 30.6mm to accommodate the standard 22mm and 30mm switch sizes offered by most emergency stop button manufacturers. Clarion also offers the ISO and IEC symbols as both signs and labels in a wide variety of sizes and materials.

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.

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.

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