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What is the purpose of warning labels?


A warning label is attached to an item or its instruction manual. The purpose of a warning label is to make the user aware of the risks associated with using a particular item. Warning labels may also inform users about any restrictions on using the item. There are four basic messages that should be communicated on a warning label:

  • The nature of the hazard
  • The degree of the hazard
  • The consequence of the hazard
  • How to avoid the hazard.

Warning Labels for Every Application

OSHA & ANSI Compliant Labels

Weather Resistant Labels

Product Safety Labels

PCB Markers

Quality control labels

Pressure sensitive electrical transformer labels

All weather mylar individual numbers and letters

Pressure Sensitive Electrical Transformer Labels

Why is a warning label important?

Warning labels are important not only for the essential safety aspect, but also to protect manufacturers and other responsible parties from potential liability issues. Warning labels are required by OSHA and ANSI standards for many different industries.

Product Warning Label
Product Warning Label Standards

What standards must my label meet? Will my label be compliant?

The standards that your label must meet depend on your industry and where the label will be located. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) governs most workplaces, ensuring safety for employees. These standards do not apply to street and railway signs, nor do they apply to plant bulletin boards and safety posters.

ANSI (American National Standards Institute) provides a more comprehensive list of documents based on both national and international standards. Many of these best practices have also been adopted by OSHA.

NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) has codes that specifically relate to fire safety. These codes apply not only to facilities working with flammable gases and other materials, but also to any building in relation to its electrical systems, sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, and more.
We can create labels that meet your industry-specific regulations.

Weather Resistant Labels

LEM Safety Labels and Stickers are available in various formats to help make you ANSI compliant per Standard Z535.4, requiring an original equipment manufacturer, to mark industrial equipment in compliance using Machine Warning safety labels. LEM safety labels and stickers are available in a variety of materials, are resistant to extreme weather conditions and can be customized to your specifications. Lexan labels and decals are scratch resistant labels with a durable adhesive.

Weather Resistant Label