Creating compliant warnings and safety instructions in product information
The US standard ANSI Z535.6, effective since August 2006, defines a frame for the use and design of warnings and safety instructions.
The standard supports technical editors creating user guides and operator manuals for the US market, specifying the manner in which safety instructions must be created and positioned in documentation for a variety of products.
- In SCHEMA ST4, all images and texts in compliance with ANSI Z535.6 are already preconfigured.
- Companies exporting to the US are thus safe from liability regarding the critical issue of warnings and safety instructions.
- Users have the possibility and flexibility to create safety instructions that conform to ANSI Z535.6 or to design them according to their own needs.
- With the help of various dialog boxes, authorized editors or administrators can specify safety instructions for all product information from a central location.
- The combination of hazard level (e.g. instruction, warning, danger), type and source of danger (e.g. laser, heat, unspecified danger), can be set, as can the symbol to be used and any additional symbols, e.g. indication of preventive measures (wearing protective goggles or ear muffs, etc.).
In addition, visual elements such as color and border styles can be defined. During the editing process, the user can then insert the predefined instruction sequences via the Safety instructions menu.
For questions concerning ANSI, SCHEMA GmbH works closely with the noted ANSI expert Dr. Matthew Kundinger.