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GHS and Global Consistency

Today’s international marketplace demands consistency of labeling and symbols. In this article, we’ll explain how the OSHA Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals initiative... Read More...
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From IEC to ISO

In this column, we'll explore how symbols migrate from IEC standards into ISO standards – and the importance of standardization.   To better specify the safety labels you use on your products, it's helpful to... Read More...
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Tornados and Product Safety

In this column, we’ll explore the similarity between the new tornado warnings that are starting to be tested in select parts of the country and the warnings that belong on your products. Risk communication i... Read More...
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Who, What and Where

This column is primarily a resource for the safety symbols you place on the products you design. This time, let’s step back a bit and ask the question, “What are we doing here?” To answer this, I want to show y... Read More...
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Refer To Your Manual

As a product manufacturer, your duty to warn in the United States revolves around your ability to successfully inform people of the residual risks left over after you have done your best to design out or guard ... Read More...
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The Grounding Symbols

With the various markings available to identify ground terminals, how do you know which specific symbol should be used? The international standards are the right place to go for guidance, and this column will o... Read More...
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Globally Standardized Symbols

Globally standardized symbols are available for you in two categories, those that identify functions and controls, and those that identify safety concerns. Symbols are standardized worldwide by two highly-ac... Read More...
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ISO 7010

This is the first in what will be an on-going column about compliance with graphical symbols for safety warnings. Since 1996 I’ve chaired the American National Standards Institute’s U.S. Technical Advisory G... Read More...
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