Manufacturer-developed tool helps communicate effective safety messages to workers
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) recently updated its already extensive online safety pictorial database . More than a dozen new and updated pictorials have been added, increasing the number of graphics to 145, with more additions planned in the near future. AEM’s free service promotes effective safety messaging through the use of consistent. industry-recognized pictorial images that are not dependent on language to warn operators and others of potential hazards. The database covers both hazard identification and hazard avoidance and consists of graphics that are common to many industry segments and product lines. It is searchable by categories, keywords and content, and is accessible via http://pictorials.aem.org or the AEM website in the Safety, Regulatory and Technical section. The AEM Pictorial Database helps manufacturers and others interested in promoting
safety by reducing the considerable time and costs associated with developing their own graphics. It is a convenient resource for engineers, designers, technical illustrators and other industry professionals who develop equipment safety signs, manuals, labels and related training materials. AEM developed the database at the request of member companies and is the result of member cooperative efforts. “Promoting safe equipment operation is a major focus of our members and of AEM,” said Larry Buzecky, AEM director, safety materials. “Consistency of images reduces confusion and makes them more recognizable to industry workers, thus enhancing safety.” Every safety pictorial can be downloaded in vector formats for graphic design or CAD-based engineering projects (.eps or .dxf formats, respectively). Database site visitors can also simply copy the .jpg thumbnail of any image or images they would like to use. The database covers only the pictorial aspect of safety signs and other safety materials; it does not cover text or other facets of safety messaging and is not intended to promote or endorse any particular format of safety sign or message. The goal is to develop greater consistency, not to establish standards or regulations.