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NOTICE: The following tips are only design standards. If you are unsure about whether or not your sign will be OSHA compliant, we recommend you visit the Official OSHA website for full compliance requirements and guidlines.

Which heading do I use?
High Risk of Injury Low Risk of Injury

Warning Level - Red Warning Level - Orange Warning Level - Yellow Warning Level - Blue Warning Level - Green
Warns of hazardous situations or unsafe practices with high risk of severe injury or death.
Warns of hazardous situations or unsafe practices with some risk of severe injury or death.
Warns of potential hazards or unsafe practices that could result in minor to moderate injury
Indicates a statement of company policy; relates to the safety of personnel or protection of property.
Indicates and reminds workers of safety procedures, and marks the location of safety equiptment.

What other standards should I follow?
Bad Good
Choose the appropriate heading.
Each heading warns of a different risk level. Danger headers should only be used if there is an immediate risk of severe injury or death.
Do not exceed five lines of text.
Keep the text concise. You will be able to use a larger font and the sign will be easy to read.
Use appropriate colors.
Follow the guidelines shown above to maintain consistency with header, text, and panel color.
Follow icon guidelines.
There should only be one image on the lower panel of a safety sign if using clip art. It should be placed on the right hand side.