What are OSHA Color Codes?
What are OSHA Color Codes?
OSHA color codes are described in 29 CFR 1910.144 (Safety Color Code for Marking Physical Hazards). This standard identifies the following colors and their uses:
- For the identification of fire protection equipment and apparatus, danger signs, containers of flammable liquids, lights at barricades, stop buttons/switches.
- For the identification of specific physical hazards including falling, tripping, and striking, and for designating caution.
In OSHA standard 1910.145, specific colors are not mandated for use on accident prevention tags, but these colors are recommended:
- Red: for danger tags.
- Yellow: for caution tags.
- Orange: for warning tags.
- Fluorescent orange or red-orange: biological hazards.
OSHA has adopted ANSI standard Z535.1-2011 for the design of accident prevention signs (safety signs), and the color codes of this standard can be used in OSHA compliant signage.
What are ANSI color codes?
ANSI color codes are described in the ANSI Z535.1-2001 standard for the identification of potential hazards and safety equipment. Each color or combination of colors has its own use case. Learn more here.
Do I need OSHA or ANSI safety signs?
The goals of OSHA and ANSI designed signs are the same: to alert workers of potential hazards and of workplace polices. There are many factors that should be considered before choosing one design or the other, and in many cases, an ANSI formatted sign will comply with OSHA standards. Learn more here.
SafetySign.com 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). SafetySign.com 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 SafetySign.com 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 SafetySign.com.