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ANSI Z535.6-2011 Overview


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  • 1. ANSI Z535.6-2011 Overview Eric F. Shaver, Ph.D. Senior Consultant January 2012 1
  • 2. This slide deck provides a brief overview of theANSI Z535.6-2011 standard.It does not include all information needed todevelop collateral materials that meet thestandard’s requirements.Please use for informational purposes only. 2
  • 3. What is ANSI Z535.6-2011? Title: • American National Standard for Product Safety Information in Product Manuals, Instructions, and Other Collateral Materials Background • Published by NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) • One of six standards in the ANSI Z535 series • First published in 2006 • Current revision  Published: September 15, 2011  Errata: November 1, 2011 3
  • 4. Scope & Purpose Scope: • “…sets forth requirements for the design and location of product safety messages in collateral materials for a wide variety of products.” (p. 2) Purpose: • Address applicability of applying elements from other ANSI Z535- series standards to collateral materials • Establish uniform & consistent visual layout for safety information • Minimize the proliferation of designs for safety information • Establish a national uniform system for product safety information • Assist manufacturers in providing safety information • Promote efficient development of safety messages 4
  • 5. What are Collateral Materials? They: • Contain more information than product safety signs • Address multiple hazards and contain multiple safety messages • Provide longer and more detailed safety messages • Contain multiple pages of information that cannot be viewed simultaneously • Provide information that would be impractical to provide on product safety signs, such as definitions of the safety alert symbol, signal words, and safety symbols 5
  • 6. What are Collateral Materials?, cont. Examples • Assembly instructions • Instructions • Maintenance or service manuals • Owner’s manuals • Safety manuals • User’s guides 6
  • 7. What are Safety Messages? Types? Word messages that provide information primarily about the: • nature of the hazard; • consequences of not avoiding a hazardous situation; and/or • method(s) for avoiding a hazardous situation Four types: • Supplemental Directives • Grouped Safety Messages • Section Safety Messages • Embedded Safety Messages Note: The standard does not require that documents include any particular types of safety messages. Some documents may contain no safety messages. 7
  • 8. Types of Safety Messages Definition Format LocationSupplemental Messages about other May be preceded by CoverDirective safety messages a signal word and/or First page safety alert symbol Preceding grouped safety messagesGrouped Collected or grouped in a Title Separate documentSafety Message document or section of a Section heading Distinct section within a document devoted Minimize individual document primarily or exclusively to message formatting safety messagesSection Apply to entire sections, Signal word panel or Beginning of the sectionSafety Message subsections, or multiple safety alert symbol Before the messages to paragraphs or procedures which they apply within a documentEmbedded Apply to a specific part of a Signal word Integrated with the non-safetySafety Message section, a paragraph, a Safety alert symbol information to which they particular procedure or Signal word panel apply part of a procedure, a particular sentence, etc. Or no formatting 8
  • 9. Supplemental Directives - Format 9
  • 10. Grouped Safety Messages - Format No example provided in the standard Formatting • Provided in a separate document or distinct section within a document • Shall have a heading indicating the safety-related nature of the information • If a signal word is used, it should have a signal word panel & safely alert symbol • Typical product safety sign and label formatting should not be used for each individual message • Safety symbols may be used 10
  • 11. Section Safety Messages - Format 11
  • 12. Section Safety Messages - Format, cont. 12
  • 13. Embedded Safety Messages - Format 13
  • 14. Embedded Safety Messages - Format, cont. 14
  • 15. Signal Word Panel 15
  • 16. Safety Alert Symbols 16
  • 17. Signal Words 17
  • 18. Links For additional details, including purchasing the standard: • • • 18
  • 19. Contact Information Eric F. Shaver, Ph.D. Senior Consultant Benchmark Research & Safety, Inc. Email: Website: Blog: LinkedIn: SlideShare: Twitter: @ericshaver 19