Reducing Risk:

Safety Signs & Markings - their role in the US

A talk by Geoffrey Peckham, CEO, Clarion Safety Systems, Milford, Pennsylvania

6:30pm Wednesday 10th September 2014

In the United States, when someone gets hurt as the result of an accident, lawsuits commonly occur. In fact, 'failure to warn' and 'inadequate warnings' are the two most common allegations in product liability litigation in U.S. courts.

The failure to warn is also increasingly alleged in lawsuits when people are injured in public places such as parks, hotels, and beaches. Enter the US and ISO standards for safety signs and labels, and the US National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and ISO standards for fire equipment and egress signage.

Clarion supplies over 180 industries with product safety labels and facility safety signs and Geoffrey has more than two decades of experience in advancing safety communications, leading US efforts to harmonize standardisation of safety signs, symbols, colours, and markings. He is chair of the Committee on Safety Signs and Colors at the US National Standards body (ANSI) and at international level represents the US on the ISO committee responsible for graphical symbols, the work of which has been the subject of earlier SDS talks. He has also been selected as a US member of an ISO committee preparing a new Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems standard that will define global best practices for workplace safety.

Geoffrey devotes a major portion of his time to standards activities because the use of best practice in the field of safety signs is saving lives. His talk will give an insight into how the use of standards-based safety sign systems is achieving this as well as protecting companies and municipalities from litigation. It will also provide and opportunity to compare and contrast the approaches in the US, UK and Europe.


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