ANSI Z535 Safety Alerting Standards Now Available

ANSI Z535 Safety Alerting Standards Now Available

This piece was originally published in the December 2017 issue of electroindustry.

Ann Brandstadter, Manager, Standards Publications and Marketing, NEMA

By the end of December, ANSI Z535 Safety Alerting Standards will be available for purchase. ANSI Z535.1 Safety Colors has been revised, and all other standards in the set have been reaffirmed.

According to Donna R. Ehrmann, former chair of ANSI Z535.1 Safety Colors, there are significant changes to the standard.

“ANSI Z535.1-2017 Safety Colors is a major standard revision. Prior editions of this standard were difficult to understand and did not provide enough information to specify safety colors consistently,” said Ms. Ehrmann.

“My goal as the subcommittee chair was to make Safety Colors a usable tool for producers and designers of safety signs and labels,” she added. “During the revision process, we decided it was also important to harmonize with ISO safety colors and with the Code of Federal Regulations.”

These revisions are meant to minimize references to color tolerance charts and focus on methods to achieve uniform safety colors, rather than the technical aspects of measuring color. The goal is to simplify the process of specifying safety colors consistently, whether printing spot or process colors, displaying online manuals, or digitally printing safety signs or labels. Also, five new annexes have been added.

Advance orders on all ANSI Z535Safety Alerting Standards can be placed here.

For more information, contact Paul Orr, program manager in NEMA Industry Operations, at

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