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Can you imagine receiving a new electronic product from Amazon, plugging it in, and inadvertently touching a surface panel and feeling the sting of that surface being hot to the touch? Couldn't the manufacturer have warned you with a mark or label that the surface panel gets hot?

While many of us take messaging, signage, symbols, and various color-coded caution and warning markings on products for granted, the codification of those criteria for comprehension and consistency is what ANSI Z535 standards are all about.

The Accredited Standards Committee on Safety Signs and Colors (ASC Z535) develops and revises the suite of ANSI Z535 standards. Having been the secretary of the ANSI Z535 Committee for several years, let me walk you through some of what this standards committee is all about and touch a little on safety messaging in the broader...

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