Selecting the right safety sign is a critical task in maintaining a secure work environment, and several key factors must be considered in this process. OSHA and ANSI regulations mandate that signage effectively communicates and defines specific hazards that pose a risk of injury or even death if left unidentified. One crucial aspect to contemplate is the safety sign header, which specifies the degree of hazard applicable to your situation. Different headers cater to distinct hazard levels, ensuring a clear and accurate indication of potential dangers. Explore the nuances of Danger, Warning, Caution, Notice, and Safety First signs, each serving a unique purpose in conveying the severity of potential hazards. Whether it's an immediate danger with a high probability of severe consequences or a cautionary note about a potentially hazardous situation, understanding the distinctions in safety signage headers is essential for creating a safe and informed workplace.

Safety Sign Header

OSHA and ANSI require signage to clearly indicate and define specific hazards that could cause injury or death if not identified. Choose a header which specifies the degree of hazard in your application.

Danger Signs



Use DANGER to indicate an immediate hazard which has a high probability for severe injury or death.

Warning Signs



Use WARNING to indicate a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided can result in serious injury or death.

Caution Signs



Use CAUTION to indicate a potentially hazardous situation which may result in minor injury but not death.

Notice Signs



Use NOTICE to provide general information needed to avoid confusion.

Safety First Signs



This and similar headings are used with information about housekeeping, first aid, health, medical equipment, sanitation, and general safety.

ANSI vs. OSHA Style

ANSI signage is more complex with a graphic and description while OSHA signage is simpler.


ANSI vs. OSHA comparison

Sign Legibility


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