Chapter 4, Subchapter 7, Article 7, Section 3340(c) and (d)
of the General Industry Safety Orders.
Accident Prevention Signs
Amend Section 3340(c) and (d) to read:
§3340. Accident Prevention Signs.
(c) Classification of signs according to use.
(1) Danger signs.
(A) Danger signs shall be used only where an immediate hazard exists.
(B) All employees shall be instructed that danger signs indicate immediate danger and that special precautions are necessary.
(2) Warning signs.
(A) Warning signs shall be used to indicate a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
(B) All employees shall be instructed that warning signs indicate a potentially hazardous situation that could result in death or serious injury.
(2)(3) Caution signs.
(A) Caution signs shall be used only to warn against potential hazards or to caution against unsafe practices.
(B) All employees shall be instructed that caution signs indicate a possible hazard against which proper precaution should be taken.
(3)(4) General safety signs. General safety
signs shall be used where there is a need for general instructions and
suggestions relative to safety measures. (4)(5) Biological hazard signs. The biological
hazard warning shall be used to signify the actual or potential presence of a
biohazard and to identify equipment, containers, rooms, material, experimental
animals, or combinations thereof, which contain, or are contaminated with,
viable hazardous agents. For the purpose of this subsection the term
"biological hazard," or "biohazard," shall include only
those infectious agents presenting a risk or potential risk to the well-being
(d) Sign design.
(1) All signs shall be furnished with rounded or blunt corners and shall be
free from sharp edges, burrs, splinters, or other sharp projections. The ends or heads of bolts or other fastening devices shall be located in such a way that they do not constitute a hazard.
(2) Danger signs shall consist of the colors red, black, and white only and shall be approved as defined in Section 3206 of these orders.
Amend Sections 3340 (c) and (d) to read (continued):
(3) Warning signs. Warning signs shall comply with either one of the following:
(A) They shall have the signal word “WARNING” in black letters on a rectangular orange background placed at the top of the sign. The safety alert symbol (a triangle with sides of equal length surrounding an exclamation mark) shall precede the signal word and it shall be on the same horizontal line as the base of the letters of the signal word; or
(B) They shall have the signal word “WARNING” in black letters within a safety orange truncated diamond on a black rectangular background.
(C) Warning signs shall be approved as defined in Section 3206 of these orders.
(3)(4) Caution signs. Standard color of the
background shall be yellow; and the panel, black with yellow letters. Any
letters used against the yellow background shall be black. Caution signs shall
be approved as defined in Section 3206 of these orders. (4)(5) General safety signs. Standard color of
the background shall be white; and the panel, green with white letters. Any
letters used against the white background shall be black. General safety signs
shall be approved as defined in Section 3206 of these orders. (5)(6) Slow-moving vehicle emblem. This emblem
consists of a fluorescent yellow-orange triangle with a dark red reflective
border. The yellow-orange fluorescent triangle is a highly visible color for
daylight exposure. The reflective border defines the shape of the fluorescent
color in daylight and creates a hollow red triangle in the path of motor vehicle
headlights at night. The emblem is intended as a unique identification for, and
it shall be used only on, vehicles which by design move slowly (25 m.p.h. or
less) on the public roads. The emblem is not a clearance marker for wide
machinery nor is it intended to replace required lighting or marking of
slow-moving vehicles. Neither the color film pattern and its dimensions nor the
backing shall be altered to permit use of advertising or other markings. The
material, location, mounting, etc., of the emblem shall be in accordance with
the Society of Automotive Engineers, Inc., Standard, SAE J943-1993, Slow-Moving
Vehicle Identification Emblem.
(6)(7) Biohazard symbol. The biohazard symbol
design shall be fluorescent orange or orange-red color. Background color is
optional as long as there is sufficient contrast for the symbol to be clearly
defined. Appropriate wording may be used in association with the symbol to
indicate the nature or identity of the hazard, name of individual responsible
for its control, precautionary information, etc., but this information shall
not be superimposed on the symbol.
(e) Sign wordings. The wording of any sign shall be easily read and concise. The sign shall contain sufficient information to be easily understood. The wording shall make a positive, rather than negative suggestion and shall be accurate in fact.
NOTE: Authority cited: Section 142.3, Labor Code. Reference: Section 142.3, Labor Code.