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ANSI Rules for Sign Placement

ANSI Rules
  1. Place signs so that employees can see them before they are in harmÕs way. Sign placement should allow employees sufficient time to avoid the hazard and take appropriate action.
  2. Signs must be placed so that they are legible, do not create a distraction, and are not a hazard themselves.
  3. Do not place signs on movable objects or adjacent to movable objects (doors, windows, etc.) that may obscure the sign.
  4. In areas that may not be illuminated under emergency conditions, use either reflective signs or signs equipped with battery-operated illumination or both.
General Guidelines

To determine when and where to post different types of safety signs follow these general guidelines:

Use the "DANGER" sign to alert employees and visitors of extremely hazardous situations that have a high probability of death or severe injury.

Use the "WARNING" sign to alert employees and visitors of hazardous situations that have some probability of death or severe injury.

Use the "CAUTION" sign to alert employees and visitors of hazardous situations which may result in a minor or moderate injury. This sign should not be used when there is a possibility of death or serious injury.

Use the "NOTICE" sign to inform employees and visitors of company policy relating directly or indirectly to personal safety or the protection of property. This sign should not be used to indicate hazardous conditions and must not be used in place of "DANGER", "WARNING", or "CAUTION" signs.

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