Workplace Safety 101: What You Should Know About Safety Labels and Signs

a danger sign clipped to a fence in a construction areaAre you certain that you have posted enough and proper labels and signs throughout the entire workplace? If not, you should, because this is your responsibility as an employer. Likewise, do your workers, guests or clients, know about the potential hazards in your workplace, inside and outside?

If your building, factory, and equipment do not have the necessary safety identification signs and labels for warning others of potential dangers, now’s the time to change that.

Basic Safety Label Standards

According to the ANSI or American National Standards Institute, safety labels must include a clear pictogram, which is an image describing the potential risk and a signal word. The following are the most common examples:

CAUTION: You must print this word in yellow print and post it in areas where there is a risk of minor to moderate accidents.

NOTICE: You should write this word in blue and utilise this for reminding people that there is a potential risk within the vicinity.

DANGER: This signal word must appear in red print, and you must post it in places where serious injury or death WILL certainly occur.

WARNING: This word must be printed in orange and utilised when there is a high risk of severe injury or death occurring.

Aside from the signal word, ANSI also imposes that safety signs must include a short and easily understandable description of the potential hazard, its, consequences, and how you could avoid it. Additionally, you should prioritise specific hazards that apply to your workplace.

For instance, slips, trips, and falls, as well as strained backs, might be more likely to happen in your workplace than the risk of flood, which is common in basement offices.


Safety labels and signs posted in strategic locations around your workplace is the most cost-effective way to help ensure you and your employees’ safety in the workplace. Additionally, this would contribute to reducing the risk of an employee suffering injury and filing a claim against your company.