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 related to the updated 1910.145 signage standard.

When did OSHA update the 1940.145 signage standard? 

In September of 2013, 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 the updated OSHA signage standard mean? 

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

The OSHA ruling ultimately gives you additional options to comply with OSHA’s existing signage standards without increasing the cost of compliance. Per OSHA, in addition to standard OSHA signs, you can use ANSIZ53.1-1967, Z35.1-1968, and Z35.2-1968 to comply with the updated or earlier standards.

OSHA specifications for safety signs are spelled out in 29 Code of Federal Regulation (CFR) 1910.145. These provisions cover all safety signs except those designed for streets, highways, railroads, plant bulletin boards, or safety posters.

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. 

What's the difference between OSHA style and the ANSI style signs? 

The traditional OSHA-style signs and labels use upper case lettering, and the message is generally centered underneath the header. The ANSI style signs and labels often include a visual alert symbol (triangle with an exclamation point!), a large symbol, and left-justified upper and lower case message lettering.

Where can I find the ANSI-style Signs? 

Accuform calls these “ANSI-ISO Signs” because they incorporate a refreshed ANSI header, with internationally recognized International Organization for Standardization (ISO) symbols. 

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

This refreshed look is available on tags and labels – stock and custom, too!