Choosing the correct safety sign is an important task. Here are a few key factors to consider.

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.


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


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


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


Use NOTICE to provide general information needed to avoid confusion.


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.

Sign Legibility

Information provided by National Marker Company.

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