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Workplace Safety Standards Workplace safety standards address safety in a variety of workplaces, whether it be through proper safety precautions, safeguards included in equipment beginning from the design stages, clearly recognizable warning signs and labels, personal protective equipment, or a number of environment specific standards, such as those for confined spaces or explosive atmosphere. The sheer amount of workplace safety standards is evidence of the attention given to the issue, with standards developed both by industry specific associations for their own industries, as well as by international standards bodies that serve to unify across borders.

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Welding Safety Standards

Welding Safety Standards

Welding Safety Standards address the full spectrum of safety considerations within the welding industry, covering everything from generally applicable guidelines to requirements specific to a single piece of equipment used for a single welding procedure. With the potential health effects of welding, and given the large amounts of energy necessarily involved in welding, welding safety standards are vital in their role of protecting the safety of those involved, as well as safeguarding property and assuring the reliability of welding designs and consistency of manufacturing output. Approaching safety from several angles, welding safety standards include safety-focused aspects built into the welding equipment itself, requirements for adequate personal protective clothing, air quality concerns and procedures, and so forth. Together, adherence to welding safety standards and knowledgeable operators transform an activity filled with danger into a carefully controlled exercise in safety.


Protective Clothing Standards

Protective Clothing Standards

Protective clothing for industry has numerous standards. This listing includes those standards applicable to chemical protective clothing and hot work, protection from cuts, and molten metal as well as other types of hazards. They provide guidance for selection, use, proper care, and maintenance. There are so many standards for protective clothing, they can't all be listed here. Specialized standards for protective clothing in agriculture, violent situations, medical use, and standards for protective clothing manufacturers are not listed here.


Explosive Atmosphere Standards

Explosive Atmosphere Standards

Explosive atmosphere standards deal with the design, use, and selection of equipment to be used in environments with the potential for or certainty of an explosive atmosphere. Covering the equipment used for the detection of dangerous gases, explosive atmosphere standards go on to address the work-specific equipment in these environments, with attention paid to both intrinsically safe equipment and the protection of the rest where necessary. Electrical and non-electrical equipment are addressed separately, given the significant difference in techniques applied to handling the two, and special attention is paid to mining because of the especially notable combination of a dangerous atmosphere and dangerous work in one industry.


Laboratory Safety Standards

Laboratory Safety Standards

Laboratory Safety Standards are in use in clinical and chemical labs, testing labs and research and development labs in industry and educational facilities. Lab safety standards pertain to clothing and equipment as well as procedures and lab design Find standards from International Organization of Standardization (ISO); International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA); ASTM International (ASTM); International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC); British Standards Institution (BSI); Laser Institute of America (LIA); Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI); Standards Australia (SAI); and American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

There are many new laboratory safety standards introduced each year. ANSI encourages you to bookmark this page and return often to find out what has been added. Many important laboratory safety standards have been categorized below. There are many other laboratory safety standards that you can find using a keyword or document number search.


Construction Safety Standards

Construction Safety Standards

Construction safety standards is a rather broad term, since much of what contributes to safety in this setting is handled by separate technical committees responsible for their respective industries or equipment (i.e. Cranes, “…particularly in respect of terminology, load rating, testing, safety…”) The standards below are a representative selection of safety standards commonly used in construction and demolition.


Chemical Safety Standards

Chemical Safety Standards

Safety standards for chemical production facilities, refineries, petroleum, and related industries are grouped below as an overview of standards commonly used in chemical plants, oil platforms, refineries, and other chemical production and processing sites. Health and safety professionals working in these industries as well as those workers and managers responsible for operations, facility management, testing, and production or R&D as well those providing goods or services to these industries should familiarize themselves with these standards and be operating in accordance with them. In addition, laboratory safety, standards for fall safety, construction safety, safety signs and symbols, general workplace safety, combustible, explosive, or toxic gas detection are offered on separate reference pages. Use the search by document number or keyword to find other standards particular to your needs. Protective clothing standards are also listed separately. DIN, ON, BSI and others may have standards similar to the ones shown here that may apply to your situation.


Confined Spaces Safety Standards

Confined Spaces Safety Standards

Confined Spaces Safety Standards address the health and safety of individuals in confined spaces. This includes the overall management and minimization of time spent within confined spaces, as well as the recommended preparation, training, equipment, and procedures for the various environments present therein.


ANSI Safety Standards

ANSI Safety Standards

Safety standards for ladder safety, fall protection, construction safety, clothing & equipment, workplace surfaces, and occupational health and safety are categorized below. The listing here contains selected safety standards from the American Ladder Institute (ALI); American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE); International Organization of Standardization (ISO); and the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA). There are many additional safety standards that you can find using the links above or a keyword or document number search as well as browsing special pages for safety standards in the workplace, chemical safety, safety signs & symbols, protective clothing standards, and more.


Workplace Lighting Standards

Workplace Lighting Standards

Workplace Lighting Standards address a plethora of concerns associated with the principles of design, placement, installation, energy requirements, and upgrades to light fixtures in various workplaces. Proper illumination is essential for the optimization of both comfort and productivity in the workplace; workplace lighting dictates quality of perception, mood, and performance of employees. InformeDesign’s Newsletter (pdf) on the psychological effect of lighting on people in various workplaces details the importance of adherence to workplace lighting standards. Guidelines for lighting fixtures are outlined for both indoor and outdoor workplaces, as well as a variety of very specific settings including agricultural facilities, hospitals, educational institutions, museums, and so forth. Safe practices with regards to the availability of emergency lighting, specifically the operation and performance testing of evacuation lighting systems, are provided. Energy performance standards are also expounded upon, specifying calculations for minimum energy requirement and efficient allocation. Standards specific to the office environment provide detailed lighting recommendations for workspaces such as office desks, circulation spaces, and more.


Noise Safety Standards

Noise Safety Standards

Noise Safety Standards address the many factors involved in preventing injury or discomfort resulting from the effects of sound. Whether by designing devices in such a way as to reduce noise output, manipulating that noise before it reaches people, or through the use of personal protective equipment such as earmuffs, noise safety takes many forms, each tailored to meet the specific types of noise present in an environment.

Noise safety standards seek to reduce the occurrence of the negative effects of noise, ranging from temporary distraction to short-term hearing loss, all the way through to permanent hearing loss or deafness.

While environments such as construction sites are obvious examples for the need for noise safety standards, other environments, such as office workplaces, present situations where the need for noise safety isn’t immediately obvious, and, as a result, not always implemented to the detriment of the employees working there. Furthermore, noise safety standards come into play not only in determining where noise should be attenuated but also in guiding the process, from the initial measurement of noise, to the options available to reduce it, their effectiveness, implementation, and overall result of noise safety programs.

One major developer of noise safety standards is the Acoustical Society of America (ASA). Founded in 1929, ASA has been publishing noise safety standards for decades.


Workplace Safety Standards

Workplace Safety Standards

Workplace safety standards listed below represent a selection of programs, equipment, procedures and reports that would commonly apply across many occupations. The grouping is not oriented especially to the manufacture or testing of products used to protect workers. Instead these standards apply to the worker and the employer making responsible decisions for their own safety and that of their coworkers.

In addition to searches by keyword or document number, you may want to check pages for laboratory safety, confined spaces, construction safety, safety compliance, and others where specific standards are listed for those occupations.


Safety and Compliance Standards

Safety and Compliance Standards

Safety and Compliance standards address the many factors involved in the management of equipment and workplace safety in industrial plants, as well as meeting industry-wide compliancy requirements and standards. Safety and Compliance Standards provide the basis of meeting said requirements through the regulation of the installation and maintenance of machinery; procedures for inspecting and testing equipment and products; requirements for plant facilities and work environments; and measurements to assure workplace safety. Safety and Compliance Standards serve to reduce safety and legal risk throughout the industrial sector by means of specifying agreed upon safety principles, including those concerning design, maintenance, construction, inspection, and operation. The standardization of Safety and Compliance procedures helps to assure that the workplace and industry space are safe. Find more information on workplace safety, noise safety, and labeling from the American National Standards Institute.


Combustible, Explosive, or Toxic Gas Detection

Combustible, Explosive, or Toxic Gas Detection

Gas detection standards provide guidance on the selection, installation, use, and maintenance of hazardous gas detectors. Detectors signal when concentrations of toxic, or combustible gases reach unacceptable levels. The independent watchdog group and regulator, HSE, in Great Britain, has published a guide for The Selection and Use of Flammable Gas Detectors and the gas monitoring equipment supplier, RKI Instruments has a series of application briefs for gas detection in specific applications (ANSI is not responsible for content on external websites).


Safety Signs and Labels

Safety Signs and Labels

Safety Signs and Labels Standards delineate the proper design, classification, and implementation of safety signs and safety labels. The cross-industrial standardization of safety signs and labels is integral to the reduction of risks to health and safety. Safety signs and labels standards are a key part of ongoing efforts to promote safe practices throughout an exceptionally wide range of specific situations. Accident prevention, protection from health hazards, product safety identification, fire protection, and emergency evacuation make up only part of the more salient safety promotion principles being fostered. Safety Signs and Labels Standards serve to reduce safety risk throughout commercial, industrial, public, and residential areas by means of specifying internationally agreed upon optimal design principles for safety signs and labels, including the specification of colors, signal words, photometric properties, fixing methods and surfaces, proper illumination, graphical symbols, and much more.


Machine Risk Assessment Standards

Machine Risk Assessment Standards

Machine Risk Assessment and Safeguarding Standards provide basic guidelines for the assessment and reduction of machine-related risk in the workplace. Safeguarding principles outline methods for optimal risk prevention through the recommendation of specific design safety practices and machine ergonomics standards. These include guidance for the proper design, manufacture, integration, and installation of machinery. By adhering to these standards, potential risks to the health and safety of employees working in close proximity with said machinery can be mitigated. This process is aided by guidelines for the evaluation and analysis of radiation and other hazardous substances emitted by machinery. Further, the included packages assess various techniques for risk management, the specification of essential tools and methods of estimation, evaluation, and, most importantly, the careful and methodical reduction of risks associated with machinery. The implementation of the machine risk assessment and safeguarding standards presented here is a vital part of efforts promoting safe practices when using any kind of machinery.