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

Subject: RE: Is there a study on reading warnings, notes?
From: "Rochelle McAndrews" <rmcandrews -at- csiu -dot- org>
To: "Barbara Philbrick" <caslon -at- alltel -dot- net>, "Shannon Wade" <SWade -at- daktronics -dot- com>, <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 09:18:33 -0500

Although this information may also be a bit dated, I believe it remains


Where to place the hazard texts
ALWAYS in the procedures where relevant. Always before the dangerous
procedure (step) -- otherwise it may be too late!!!

I also found this topic has been discussed before on techwr-l (thanks

From: Barbara Philbrick [mailto:caslon at]
Sent: Monday, August 28, 2006 3:48 PM
To: techwr-l at
Subject: RE: Attention-getters: Warning, caution, danger...

Here's some info I pulled together many moons ago for a technical
textbook ... It's dated, but the general idea and sources of information
should be worth pursuing.

Three organizations have set forth guidelines for hazard alert messages:
American National Standards Institute (ANSI), The Occupational Safety
Health Administration (OSHA), and the military. The ANSI standard is
in its Z535 specification; OSHA's in its Guidelines (Chapter XVII,
1910.145 and 1926.155) and the military in specification MIL-M-38784 (p.
Figure 10). In addition, many industry groups and even individual
have set up their own guidelines for hazard messages. The following
details some of the differences between the standards.

[sorry about the formatting here; it was a 4-column table with the
consequence | ANSI designation | MIL designation | and OSHA designation]

Consequence | ANSI Z535 | MIL-M-38784 |
Will result in death or serious injury | DANGER | n/a |
Could result in death or serious injury. | WARNING | WARNING
Could result in minor injury or damage to equipment CAUTION | n/a |

Could result in damage to equipment or long-term health hazard to
Notice (does not include long-term health hazards) | CAUTION
long-term health hazards) | CAUTION (includes long-term health

Essential operating information or helpful tips | Important | Note |

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