Standard Swedish standard · SS-EN 981+A1:2008

Safety of machinery - System of auditory and visual danger and information signals

Status: Valid

Scope
To reduce risks associated with misinterpretation of visual and auditory danger signals, a system of danger and information signals is specified taking into account the different degrees of urgency.

This European Standard is applicable to all danger and information signals which have to be clearly perceived and differentiated as specified in 5.3 of EN 292-2:1991, by other requirements or by the work situation, and to all degrees of urgency – from extreme urgency to an ALL CLEAR situation. Where visual signals are to be complementary to sound signals, the signal character is specified for both.

This European Standard does not apply to certain fields covered by specific standards or other conventions in force (international or national); in particular, fire alarms, medical alarms, alarms used in the field of public transport, navigation signals and signals for special fields of activity (for example, military). When new signals are being planned, however, this European Standard should be considered in order to avoid inconsistency.

For auditory signals, the system of signal character is a guideline for a signal language based on message categories which are classified according to urgency. Certain characters are specified for purposes which require safe and rapid recognition. Certain categories allow possibilities for variants, e.g. control and warning signals at workplaces where the signalling is intended for personnel with specific training.

For visual signals, the established meanings of the safety colours are not affected by this European Standard. For different needs, complementary meanings have been assigned to the signals by timed patterns, and in a very few cases by alternating colours.

Subjects

Safety of machinery (13.110) Ergonomics (13.180) Alarm and warning systems (13.320) Ergonomics (14.040)


Product information

Language: English

Written by: Ergonomi vid människa - systeminteraktion, SIS/TK 380/AG 02

International title: Safety of machinery - System of auditory and visual danger and information signals

Article no: STD-67424

Edition: 1

Approved: 10/3/2008

No of pages: 24

Replaces: SS-EN 981