Written by: Guest | February 25, 2021
Erin Earley, head of communications, Clarion Safety Systems
There are so many aspects to consider when it comes to a company’s product safety strategy, equipment safety labeling and workplace signage. Without a doubt, designing effective safety labels and signs that address specific company or equipment needs can be a complex task. For example, once you create a system of safety labels for a piece of machinery, they need to periodically be reevaluated considering changes to the standards, new symbols and latest available safety and accident information related to equipment and the feed and grain industries.
A big picture area that comes into play are current trends in the safety communication landscape. There are two prominent changes that stand out from 2020 and likely directly affect your safety communication strategy: the COVID-19 landscape (supply chain and production shifts, for example) and the continued rise of automation and digitalization. Let’s explore some of the ways you can and should be responding to the various components of this landscape for the best safety communication possible.
To begin, it may help to review some of the most important current strategies for your warnings and instructions. Consider following these three core concepts:
When it comes to current trends from 2020, keep a few things top of mind:
Our world, the feed and grain industries, and our individual businesses will continue to be shaped and evolve this year in light of the pandemic and other factors, like new technologies. One constant, when it comes to safety communication and effective labels and signs, is that thoughtful decisions need to be made about how to warn effectively. That includes continuously reevaluating your safety strategy, performing routine risk assessments and designing your labels and signs to meet identified needs using standards-based best practices. By prioritizing those areas, you’re on the right path to doing everything possible so people can take the steps necessary to avoid harm.
Author Info: Erin Earley, the head of communications at Clarion Safety Systems, shares her company’s passion for safer products and safer workplaces. She’s written extensively about best practices for machinery safety labels and facility safety signs. Clarion Safety is a member of the ANSI Z535 Committee for Safety Signs and Colors, the U.S. ANSI TAG to ISO/TC 145 and the U.S. ANSI TAG to ISO 45001.