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Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum: from Lighting Industrial Facilities to Safety Colors


In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow:

Safety Colors

Almost four decades ago, the ANSI Z53 Committee on Safety Colors was combined with the ANSI Z35 Committee on Safety Signs to form the ANSI Z535 Committee on Safety Signs and Colors. The committee works to develop standards for the design, application, and use of signs, colors, and symbols intended to identify and warn against specific hazards and for other accident prevention purposes.

One development is the ANSI/NEMA Z535 SET, Safety color code - Complete set. It includes all six above mentioned parts and the ANSI Z535 Safety Color Chart, which gives the user a sample of each of the safety colors: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, and black. It also describes each color's ink formulation and closest PANTONE color.

The American National Standards (ANS) set was developed by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA).

NEMA, an ANSI organizational member and accredited standards developer, is a membership organization of manufacturers of products used in the generation, transmission, distribution, control, and end-use of electricity used in utility, medical imaging, industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential applications. NEMA promotes the competitiveness of the U.S. electrical product industry through the development of standards, advocacy in federal and state legislatures and executive agencies, and the collection and analysis of economic data.

Industrial Facility Lighting

A new American National for industrial facility lighting helps to assure the safe movement of vehicles and people, enhancing the productivity and comfort of employees, conserving energy, and minimizing maintenance.

ANSI/IES RP-17, Recommended Practice for Lighting Industrial Facilities, serves as a guide and educational tool for the design of permanently installed lighting systems for industrial facilities. Published bythe Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), the standard provides recommended minimum maintained lighting levels and maximum uniformity ratio guidelines.

An ANSI member and accredited standards developer, IES is a nonprofit organization that develops and publishes standards for lighting used throughout North America.


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