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This topic covers OSHA’s requirements for safety signs and tags (29 CFR 1910.145).

OSHA’s signs and tags rule regulates the colors, shapes, and wording that employers must use to provide safety information and warnings to employees. In addition, the regulation specifically requires that employees be trained to recognize the different kinds of signs and tags in the workplace and take action based on the messages they contain.

For related resources and training materials, refer to the following topics:

  • Labels for information about OSHA’s requirements for chemical labels
  • Accidents

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TypeTitleDateState
Directives 10/30/1978 - STD 1-7.2 - 29 CFR 1910.145(d)(10), Slow-moving Vehicle Emblem Requirements 07/07/2003National
Violations 2009 Violation Summary for Signs and Tags - General Industry  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Signs and Tags - General Industry  National
Violations 2011 Violation Summary for Signs, Signals, and Barricades - Construction  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.144 Safety color code for marking physical hazards  National
Regulations 29 CFR § 1910.145 Specifications for accident prevention signs and tags  National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910 and 1926 - Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; 06/13/2013National
Proposed Rules 29 CFR 1910 and 1926 - Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; Signage 06/13/2013National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910 and 1926—Incorporation by Reference; Accident Prevention Signs and Tags; Correction 11/06/2013National
Proposed Rules 29 CFR 1910 and 1926—Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; Signage 11/04/2013National
Final Rules 29 CFR 1910 and 1926—Updating OSHA Standards Based on National Consensus Standards; Signage 11/06/2013National
Quizzes Accident Prevention Signs and Tags (Word)  National
Quizzes Accident Protection Signs and Tags (PDF)  National
Handouts Accident Protection Signs and Tags (PDF)  National
Quizzes Accident Protection Signs and Tags (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Handouts Accident Protection Signs and Tags (PDF) -- Spanish  National
Trainer's Outlines Accident Protection Signs and Tags (PDF) [7-Minute Safety Trainer] (short outline)  National
Interpretations ANSI standards regarding accident prevention signs and physical hazard marking.[1910.144; 1910.145; 1910.145(d)] 02/22/2011National
Questions & Answers Are stainless steel caution signs OSHA approved? 01/07/2010National
Handouts Color Coding (PDF)  National
Quizzes Color Coding (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Color Coding (PDF) [Safety Audit Checklists]  National
Talks Color Coding (Word)  National
Questions & Answers In your Signs, Tags, and Markings Plan it states that, "Two languages will not appear on the same sign." Is this a law? If so, will you tell me where I can reference it? 01/27/2014National
Questions & Answers Is there an OSHA rule concerning the color of portable stands and manual lifts for elevated work on aircraft? 04/05/2010National
Interpretations OSHA's position on complying with an updated national consensus standard.[1910.261] 09/28/2009National
Interpretations Policy on posting of floor load capacity signs. 03/27/2008National
Interpretations Regulations concerning the size and use of safety traffic cones in General Industry.[1910.145] 09/20/2004National
Regulatory Analysis Signs  National
Checklists Signs and Tags (PDF)  National
Handouts Signs and Tags (PDF)  National
Quizzes Signs and Tags (PDF)  National
Trainer's Outlines Signs and Tags (PDF) [Safety Audit Checklists]  National
Training Tips Signs of the Times  National
Plans Signs, Tags, and Markings  National
Meetings Specifications for Accident Prevention Signs and Tags (Word)  National
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