Security notice

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A safety notice (not alert ), according to EN 82079 to declare a "safety-related information that are collected or after a reasonable organized system in a document or section of a document centered around security measures to raise safety awareness and a basis for safety-related training of users create". A safety instruction serves to protect people and other living beings or the environment from danger .

Safety instructions are not to be confused with warnings, even though both have the same structure and design. Safety instructions are attached to the packaging or the product - then they are called product safety labels - or contained in instructions for use and package inserts . Safety and hazard information must contain standardized safety signs.

Safety instructions in instructions for use and product safety labels have the same design and definition . Safety instructions in the globally harmonized system for the classification and labeling of chemicals have a similar design, with a signal word and warning signs , but different definitions.

Safety instructions are required by law. However, they also serve to minimize the manufacturer's product liability and are usually created on the basis of a previous risk analysis . If the safety instructions are not drawn up correctly, a fine can be imposed if the hazard occurs .

If the product itself causes hazards , the EU has created the Rapid Exchange of Information System (RAPEX). RAPEX enables a rapid EU-wide exchange of information on measures such as return or recall campaigns , regardless of whether they are measures by national authorities or voluntary measures by manufacturers and dealers.

Examples of safety instructions:

SAFE method

The SAFE method is a procedure for the systematic design of safety instructions. The severity of the danger and the source of the danger result from the above. Risk analysis. The acronym SAFE stands for:

  • S chwere of danger ( signal word )
  • A rt and source of danger
  • F ollow disregard of danger
  • E ncome (measures to avert the danger )

Signal words (according to EN 82079 and ANSI Z535)

The signal words provide information on the severity of the danger:

Personal injury:

  • DANGER indicates an imminent danger. If it is not avoided, death or severe injuries will result.
  • WARNING indicates a possible impending danger. If it is not avoided, death or serious injuries can result.
  • CAUTION indicates a possible impending danger. If it is not avoided, slight or minor injuries can result.

Product / machine / system damage (only ANSI Z535):

  • NOTE indicates a potentially harmful situation. If it is not avoided, the system or something in its vicinity can be damaged.


Standards must be used to design safety instructions:

Individual evidence

  1. Section 39 of the Product Safety Act, fine regulations