ISO 3864-1 & ISO 3864-2 Compliance
Why is the ISO 3864-1 standard important?
Compliance with the ISO 3864-1 standard is important because it means that the use of your signage can be understood around the world, by workers of any language.
ISO 3864-1, Safety Colors and Safety Signs, Part 1: Design Principles for Safety Signs and Safety Markings helps to provide best practices for the design of safety identification both in public and in the workplace. ISO 3864-1 standards apply to most safety signs, including those for accident prevention and emergency response.
This standard describes how symbols can be displayed with supplemental text, multiple images for more than one potential hazard, and the safe viewing distances of compliant signs and labels.
Having a unified code for the design of these signs helps to reduce reaction time and increase comprehension of these signs. This is especially important in regards to potentially hazardous situations in the workplace and for reacting to emergency situations.
ISO 3864-2 Supplements ISO 3864-1
ISO 3864-2 focuses on the specific design of product safety labels in addition to the best practices set by ISO 3864-1.
The purpose of ISO 3864-2 Safety Colors and Safety Signs, Part 2: Design Principles for Product Safety Labels is to provide guidelines for the safety labels on any manufactured product, including industrial equipment that might be found in the workplace, in addition to the standards set by ISO 3864-1.
This includes layouts for product safety labels, information about hazard severity panels (safety headers), and topics such as the replacement of these labels.
The ISO 3864-2 standard adds orange as one of the safety colors that can be used on signs and labels for the use in Warning hazard panels.
ISO 3864-2 describes the need to choose appropriate hazard panels. They are as follows:
Danger: a hazard with a high risk of injury or death if not avoided
Warning: a hazard with a medium risk of injury or death if not avoided
Caution: a hazard with a low risk of minor or moderate injury if not avoided
Regarding the durability of product safety labels and their replacement, ISO 3864-2 recommends that labels be replaced after the safety message is no longer legible from a safe viewing distance.
SafetySign.com uses UL® Recognized materials on many of our safety labels, which resist abrasion, heat, and exposure to mild chemicals that can make your label fade and wear away. SafetySign.com labels have been tested to ensure their durability in the workplace.
International Organization for Standardization website: http://www.iso.org/
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