How to choose between DANGER and WARNING?
If the resulting injury could be serious injury or death, the next question to ask has to do with sorting out which accidents have a high degree of probability of occurring and/or the injury occurring if the safety sign’s message is ignored. The thought process to choose whether the signal word should be DANGER or WARNING goes like this: if the safety message is ignored, “will” the person be seriously injured or killed (which justifies the use of DANGER as the signal word), or “could” they be seriously injured or killed (justifying the use of WARNING)? For instance, if a person operates equipment without the guards in place, it does not mean that such an action “will” result in serious injury or death. Typically our customers choose to view this as a “could” situation and choose to use WARNING for the signal word, not DANGER, and also not CAUTION because the possible injury is almost always serious. On the other hand, let’s say the hazard is an open blade such as you would find on a ba