RE: Is there a study on reading warnings, notes?

Subject: RE: Is there a study on reading warnings, notes?
From: "Klasovsky, Nick" <nklasovsky -at- nordson -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2008 09:36:18 -0500

Ken Poshedly and Al Geist are right. Safety warnings are vital,
necessary, must be highly visible, and must be located in documentation
where needed. I too write manuals for equipment that uses high
temperatures, pressures, and voltages, and has moving parts that can
tear off limbs, rip bodies apart, and kill in an instant. I don't think
we can add enough safety warnings.

Years ago, after one session with our corporate safety director, we
created a manual for a high voltage, high pressure electrostatic spray
gun that would satisfy his demands: One sheet of paper with WARNING: DO
NOT USE THIS EQUIPMENT! IT WILL KILL YOU! in 48pt type flanked by
oversized safety symbols.

Nick Klasovsky
Senior Technical Writer
Industrial Coatings
Nordson Corporation
nklasovsky -at- nordson -dot- com

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