All you need to know about the ANSI Z535 standards.

In 2013, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations adopted the sign standards of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) code Z535—the first major change in these regulations since 1968. Old and new signs are in compliance with OSHA regulations, so you should update signs as soon as it makes sense for your business.

“As the ANSI standards were updated over the years to reflect best practices and new learning, employers started using safety signage that reflected the updated standards, not the older standards,” says Tracy Cullen, senior director of communications and marketing at the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA). That created potential problems for employers. However, Cullen explains, “OSHA now clarifies that the updated standards are a legally satisfactory means of meeting the OSHA workplace rules.”

That means you need to update your safety signs to a new OSHA-compliant format that helps workers make safer decisions.

Illustration by T.M. Detwiler

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