Color Coding & Accident Prevention Signs & Tags
Safety color coding is used identify physical hazards, the location of safety equipment, protective equipment, signs, and markers. Safety color coding should not be used as a substitute for engineering or administrative controls to eliminate identifiable hazards. The following colors and color combinations are recommended to be used by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety code color markings:
Red – the basic color for the identification of fire suppression equipment, to signify “Danger” or to “Stop”.
Yellow – the basic color for designating caution and for marking physical hazards, such as, striking against, stumbling, falling, tripping, and "caught in between.
Green – the basic color for communicating safety information.
Accident prevention signs and tags are used as safety instructions for workers, identifying hazardous conditions and providing a brief message with respect to those conditions to prevent accidental injury or illness. Some of the various classifications found at Emory University include: