There are four safety sign styles to choose from when designing your custom safety sign: OSHA, ANSI Z535,
ALERT, and BLANK signs. Use the guide below to help you choose which style best fits your workplace.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA 1910.145) requires the use of safety
signs to indicate and define specific hazards that, without identification, may lead to
accidental injury to workers and/or the public or to property damage.
The ANSI Z535 Committee on Safety Signs developed a set of standards for the design,
application and use of signs, colors, and symbols intended to identify and warn against
specific hazards and for other accident prevention purposes. The recommended format is
intended to provide a safety alert message that is clearly and rapidly understood. Lettering
is left justified, as well as upper and lower case to enhance legibility, and
internationally recognized pictograms are used for universal comprehension.
As our workforce becomes more global and diverse, visual forms of communication are relying
more and more on the use of symbols and pictograms to warn about hazardous conditions. By
using internationally recognized pictograms, Alert signs help you promote greater and more
rapid communication of safety messages. (Alert signs do not comply with the ANSI Z535
Custom blank signs allow you to create your safety message without a header. Pictograms may
be added to the right side of the sign (see Alert sign style) to help communicate