Quick Communication
of Potential Hazards .
Pictograms in Hazardous Locations

Hazardous locations are often marked with signs using pictures / symbols instead of words, which communicate a warning symbol much faster.
This form of communication is referred to as Pictograms , which have become a universal form of communicating without the need to translate into different.
The value of Pictograms is speed – instantly communicating their meanings through images that resonate with people with limited or no ability to speak, read and write.
The most common Hazardous warning is a pictogram that was borrowed from the Pirates, who effectively used it on a black flag on their ships.
The skull and crossbones instantly communicated, announcing the deadly approach of pirates, who planned to plunder the ship’s bounty.
The original "pirate pictogram" was an efficient and very powerful form of hazardous warning that made the pirating industry a lot easier. Once this warning image on the flag was seen by merchant ships, this symbol of terror communicated wordlessly - and often resulted in the quick surrender and acceptance of the pirate’s terms.
If you cannot identify any of these pictograms . . .
European sign directive 92/58/EEC of 1992 indicates that the signs should be green in color to indicate a safe place of exit. ... spelling EXIT or SORTIE", however the 2010 Code calls for a switch from the red EXIT signs to the green "running-man" signs.

Bill Nagengast, Lighting Engineer
Solas Ray Lighting
Holds over 20 patents in the lighting industry.
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