4 Factors To Consider When Designing Safety Precaution Labels

Safety labels come in different shades and shapes. There are of course a few variations depending on what a label is used for. But even then, there are a few factors that cut across the board. Font size, color and even the shape of the label matter a lot. A designer’s role is to ensure all these factors are in place before designing a safety label. Over and beyond that, a designer should also be creative enough to come up with labels that communicate easily and effortlessly even to the semi-illiterate.


Colors serve one purpose when it comes to safety labels.  They attract attention. That is why nearly all safety labels feature yellow, red or in some cases bright orange. These colors spell communicate danger with ease. But there is much more into these colors than just the fact that they easily capture attention. For starters, they should be used as background colors with fonts that can be easily read from a distance. Yellow works when used as a background color with black fonts. Red on the other hand works well when used as a background color with white as the text color. The same can be said about orange.

For safety labels that should be seen in the dark, only one option is available – use luminous colors. Luminous yellow, red and orange are ideal options here. There’s a slight difference here when it comes to font color though. Black when used as a font color against a luminous yellow background may be hard to see in the dark. Use other dark colors like dark blue against a luminous yellow or green.


Language, just as color is vital when it comes to safety labels.  For safety labels designed for use in multi-lingual societies, choose the most spoken language. For international use, stick to the four most spoken international languages – English, French, German and Spanish. You may have to use Chinese and Arabic for labels designed for products in the Far and Middle East. Either way, hire a translator to ensure your safety labels communicate accurate information.

First Aid Measures

Each time you see a safety label on a product, there is an imminent danger lurking. It could be the risk or ingestion, a radioactive material you shouldn’t stand next to without protection or a corrosive substance. The best you can do is to ensure your labels communicate clearly and concisely.

Signs And Symbols

There are universal symbols that denote danger or seek to communicate one or two other things one should be aware of. The radioactive symbol is a good example. Then there is the danger symbol that features the human skull. It may also appear on product to indicate risk of electrocution. In a nutshell, ensure your products use the appropriate symbols all the time. keep in mind too that there are legal requirements that accompany use of specific symbols on given products. With that in mind, seek legal advice before labeling products for both local and international use.