OSHA headers explained

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In order to stay compliant, facilities and worksites must properly display OSHA header signs to communicate to workers the dangers they could face.

However, how do you know what type of sign is appropriate for each situation?

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) ensures workers have a safe and healthful working environment by setting and enforcing standards, as well as providing training, education and assistance to worksites across the United States.

OSHA safety rules dictate that certain situations require the posting of specific signs to communicate to workers not only a particular safety message, but also to tell them of the potential severity of their task.

In order to select the appropriate OSHA Warning Sign, you must first consider the potential hazards you should warn your employees of. Once you know this, simply select the appropriate header and safety message. If you can’t find your wording in stock, consider creating a custom OSHA sign.

Color Use for Do not use for
OSHA Headers - Danger Red circle with black border Hazardous situations with high probability of death of severe injury Property damage unless personal injury risk is present
OSHA Header - Warning Black writing on orange background Hazardous situations which have some probability of death or severe injury Property damage unless personal injury risk is present
OSHA Header - Caution Yellow writing on black background Hazardous situations which may result in minor or moderate injury Situations when there is possibility of death or severe injury
OSHA Headers - Notice White writing on blue background Indicating a statement of company policy as the message relates directly or indirectly to the safety of personnel or protection of property Hazardous situations where death or severe injury may occur
OSHA Headers - Safety First White writing on green background Indicating general instructions relative to safe work practices, reminders of proper safety procedures and the location of safety equipment


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