Signs vs Labels

Do I Need a Sign or a Label?

When shopping for a way to identify safety hazards and company policies, one of the first questions that should be asked is where will your message be posted? Another question how much information do you need to display, since more information would mean that you need a large sign or label.

These two factors are important in your decision of whether you need a sign or a label. Both safety signs and safety labels can be excellent safety identification tools, and both offer benefits unique to themselves.

While custom solutions can always be discussed with the customer service experts at, here are some of the key points to consider while deciding between stock options for safety signs and labels:

Signs are constructed from rigid materials such as outdoor-grade plastic and aluminum. Rigid signs can easily be mounted to walls, doors, posts, and fences.

Stock options of signs also range in size, up to 36” x 48”. Large format signs like this are useful in situations where you need to alert others to hazards from far away.

Labels have their own benefits. Some labels, such as machine safety labels, are applied at points to notify users that are close to potential hazards. These include pinch points and the hot surfaces of equipment.

Labels are extremely durable, and our UL® Recognized polyester labels can last for 8 years outside. This durable material also resists exposure to mild chemical, abrasion, and high temperatures.

Labels also offer a degree a flexibility that cannot be found with rigid signage. Labels can be applied to poles and pillars without drilling or the use of straps.

While signs have an advantage if you need a large format for your message, the smaller size of a label gives you the ability to attach your message to containers and removable pieces, ensuring that your safety message goes wherever the job may take it.

Labels are also more economical for uses that call for the posting of a message in many areas. Many safety labels are sold in packages of 50 labels, which when divided out to a price per label, is an excellent solution for a variety of uses.

Carefully consider your environment when deciding on signs or labels. Both formats are useful in alerting workers to potential hazards and policies, but the pros and cons of each should be considered for your specific needs. does not recommend or specify the use of a specific safety sign because it does not have knowledge of the hazard(s) our customers are identifying. It is the customer’s sole responsibility to identify the hazard(s) that may be present and select one or more signs (stock or custom) that accurately identify their specific hazard(s) and complies with any applicable federal, state or local laws or regulations, any worksite specific rules or regulations and/or any applicable safety standards (including, without limitation, ANSI and/or OSHA standards). disclaims any and all liability (excluding liability for our Product Warranty contained in our Terms and Conditions) for any sign selected by a customer and shall not be responsible for any personal injury or property damage resulting from the use of signs purchased from it or for the independent interpretation made of any applicable federal, state or local laws or regulations, any worksite specific rules or regulations, and/or any applicable safety standards (including, without limitation, ANSI and/or OSHA standards). Customer shall indemnify and hold and its corporate parent and its officers, directors and affiliates harmless from and against any and all claims, loss or expense (including attorneys’ fees) arising from or related to the purchase and use by customer or any third party of any sign purchased by customer from

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