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NEMA publishes standard for product safety.

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Jul 09, 2007 - American National Standard for Product Safety Signs and Labels, ANSI Z535.4-2007, specifies requirements for design, application, use, and placement of safety signs and labels intended to identify hazards for persons using, operating, servicing, or in proximity to variety of products. It establishes uniform visual layout, and takes into account that safety signage is usually observed at close distance and must visually integrate with wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) - Rosslyn, VA

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NEMA Publishes ANSI Z535.6-2007, American National Standard for Product Safety

Press release date: Jun 19, 2007

ROSSLYN, Va., June 19, 2007-The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI Z535.4-2007, American National Standard for Product Safety Signs and Labels. This standard specifies requirements for the design, application, use, and placement of safety signs and labels intended to identify hazards for persons using, operating, servicing, or in proximity to a wide variety of products.

The ANSI Z535 standards historically have addressed how to communicate safety information in the workplace, public and industrial areas, and consumer products. ANSI Z535.4-2007 specifically addresses product applications and establishes a uniform and consistent visual layout for safety signs and labels that are applied to a wide variety of manufactured goods. This application takes into account that product safety signage is likely to contain more information than environmental signs, is usually observed at a close distance, and must visually integrate with a wide range of sizes, shapes, and colors.

ANSI Z535.4-2007 minimizes the proliferation of designs for product safety signage while establishing a national uniform system for the recognition of potential personal injury hazards. This version consolidates a number of previous graphic approaches into a common design that has been carefully selected to present product hazard information in an orderly and visually consistent manner for effective communication.

The table of contents and scope of ANSI Z535.4-2007 may be viewed, or a hardcopy or electronic copy purchased for $72.00 by visiting NEMA's website at www.nema.org/stds/z535-4.cfm. Copies may also be purchased by contacting IHS at 800-854-7179 (within the U.S.), 303-397-7956 (international), or 303-397-2740 (fax).

NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. These products are used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. Domestic production of electrical products sold worldwide exceeds $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing, São Paulo, and Mexico City.

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