When it comes to production machines, facilities and ancillary equipment, you know the important role effective safety labels and signs play in keeping people safe. But it’s also important to remember the potential financial burden of warnings that are out-of-date or non-compliant with the latest standards.
Monetary penalties for non-compliant labels can be steep and severe. In the recent Trade Quip Ltd case, for example, the Federal Court of Australia was fined an Australian manufacturer $100,000 by for product safety label omissions and errors that put consumers at risk of physical harm.
Although this court case and subsequent judgment took place in Australia, the message it sends goes far beyond that country’s shores: The safety labels manufacturers place on their products need to be well thought out and in compliance with applicable standards – down to the font size. Safety labels require the utmost attention, both to protect product users from harm and to protect manufacturers from potentially devastating lawsuits.
PMMI Most Valuable Partner (MVP) Clarion Safety Systems recently blogged about the Trade Quip Ltd case, illustrating why safety labels need to be well thought-out and what standards apply to product manufacturers.
Clarion sits on the ANSI and ISO committees responsible for the U.S. and international safety sign standards. Get help now on the path to risk reduction and protecting people with a safety label assessment from Clarion. Clarion is serious about keeping people safe and offers this safety assessment at no harge. For more information on Clarion safety assessments, view the video, “Clarion Safety Label & Sign Assessment”.