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How Does the Updated OSHA Signage Standard
(1910.145) Affect You?

before and after images of OSHA ANSI signs

 Using ANSI Signs in your Facility? OSHA Documents that It’s OK.

This brief Q&A can be used to answer the most common questions being fielded here at Accuform Signs related to the updated 1910.145 signage standard.

Late last year, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) updated its workplace safety sign and tag regulations by adding to the longstanding 29 CFR 1910.145 specifications for accident prevention signs with specific portions of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Z535 standard.

So what does that mean?

As complicated as that may sounds, it’s very straightforward. This updated means that it is officially ok for you to use “ANSI-style” signs in your facility – without being documented for a “de minimis” condition (as explained below).

Why is OSHA Documentation so Important?

Previously, OSHA allowed the use of the ANSI Z535-style signs without a fine or violation, but OSHA inspectors would/could document their use as a de minimis condition during an inspection - de minimis being different than the standard, but with no direct or immediate relationship to safety or health. With its inclusion into the OSHA standard, a de minimis condition no longer exists when you use ANSI-style sign. The OSHA ruling ultimately gives employers another option to comply with OSHA’s existing signage standards while not increasing the cost of compliance. Let’s clarify that important point: You do not have to change any existing signs.

Does Accuform have ANSI-style Signs?

Absolutely! We’ve carried them since ANSI Z535 came into existence. We have taken this opportunity to overhaul this product line from a design perspective – and remain in full compliance with the updated 29 CFR 1910.145 standard.

What does Accuform Call this Updated Line of Signs?

Accuform calls these “ANSI-ISO Signs” because they incorporate a refreshed ANSI header, with internationally recognized International Organization for Standardization (ISO) symbols. Accuform has gone a step further by incorporating the use of ISO pictograms to this line of signage to help the viewer more readily interpret the sign.

International Organization for Standardization (ISO) signs and labels are distinguished by shapes and colors, making them easily understood across virtually all language barriers.

How Can Accuform Help?

Accuform currently carries ANSI-ISO Safety Sign legends, and has for nearly a year. Expansion of stock offerings is expected to steadily increase with customization always available. And don’t forget…if it’s in-stock there, it’s in-stock here.

What If I want to Buy These Signs?

Surf to the web and check them out. Our up-to-date offering is available here. These signs will also be available in our next mid-year catalog – due spring of 2014.

Is it Just on Signs?

No. This refreshed look is available on tags and labels – stock and custom!

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