Safety Messages & Signs

Information provided by the Southwest Center for Agricultural Health, Injury Prevention and Education, written by  Nykole Kafka Vance, MS, CEP, CHES

Many safety messages use the words Caution, Warning and Danger. Each sign has a color assigned to it to get your attention. There are universally accepted colors associated with each sign: caution signs are yellow, warning signs are orange and danger signs are red. Following are safety messages and their meanings, each of these signs will have a written message, and perhaps a picture, about an unsafe condition.

♦♦♦♦  CAUTION means you need to be careful. Follow the directions on the sign or you could get hurt.

♦♦♦♦  WARNING is more serious and means you need to follow the directions on the sign or you could be badly hurt or killed.

♦♦♦♦  DANGER is the most serious safety message. If you don’t follow the directions, you will be seriously injured or killed.

Manufacturers put important safety messages on tractors, machinery, and chemicals. You can also find them in the operator’s manual. It is critical to read, understand and follow safety messages.