Safety Symbols


Safety symbols are used across the world, and in different sectors. Let it be industrial, construction, school (educational facilities), or any workplace, these symbols can be understood in any part of the world. As there are thousands of languages spoken around the world, these symbols help in the communication process easily. In this article, you will find a list of safety symbols and their meanings. Some or many of these symbols are fairly simple to understand.

Although the symbols are used and accepted in various health and safety sectors, they are often times governed by law and organized by standard organizations. These symbols come in different colors, backgrounds, and added data that describe the severity of a potential hazard (if proper care is not administered).

Science labs, particularly chemistry labs, have a lot of safety signs. This is a collection of public domain images you can use to learn what the different symbols mean or to construct signs for your own lab.


Safety Quotes

The issue of safety is really, really important and should not be taken lightly. You know that, right? But then there really is no harm in driving that point home over and over again, cause with repetition comes the innate need to practice it as well. One interesting way of driving home the issue of safety is to put it in the form of safety quotes. Quotes are catchy and easy to remember and that’s what ensures their success. One wouldn’t think that there are any quotes that revolve around this subject, but guess what? There are! In the following article, we will be touching upon some such quotes and sayings that will help every individual remember the purpose of safety better.

Quotes on Safety for the Workplace

  • Never a dull moment at work and never a moment that cannot turn into some sort of accident. With so many people working around, with so many machines and stacks of files, there has to be attention paid to the topic of safety in all its entirety. Here are some of the workplace safety slogans.
  • The tighter the management, the shorter the breaks, the longer the safety, the friendlier the lawsuits.
  • Working without safety is a dead-end job. ~ Anonymous
  • Tomorrow – your reward for working safely today. ~ Anonymous
  • Working safely is like breathing – if you don’t, you die. ~ Anonymous
  • Think Safety, Act Safely.
  • Safety glasses: All in favor say “Eye!”
  • A spill, a slip, a hospital trip
  • Be Safe and Be Saved. ~ Allan Yeo.
  • Your wife will spend your 401K. If you get killed at work today.
  • Protect your hands, you need them to pick up your pay check.
  • Quotes on Safety for Drivers

Car safety quotes are really the need of the hour with all those accidents that keep happening, don’t you think? Drivers could be warned better with the help of quotes that would help them care for their and others lives as well. Try feeding them with the following quotes on safety and help them drive safer:

  • The shortest distance between two points is under construction. ~ Noelie Altito
  • Accidents hurt – safety doesn’t. ~ Anonymous
  • Hug your kids at home, but belt them in the car. ~ Anonymous
  • Check yourself before you wreck yourself.
  • Chance takers are accident makers. ~ Anonymous
  • Don’t learn safety by accident. ~ Anonymous
  • You can eat with false teeth, you can’t see with a glass eye.
  • Alert today. Alive tomorrow.
  • Safety is as simple as ABC…Always Be Careful.
  • Is better to lose one minute in life… than to lose life in a minute.
  • Unsafe acts will keep you in stitches.
  • The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.
  • Funny Safety Quotes

I’m sure you’ll remember at least a few of these safety quotes. And now that you know what some of them are, you can start ignoring cheeky quotes that run on the lines of – ‘Safety is great unless you’re late’, or ‘Safety’s fine if you got the time’ and start paying attention to your health. Do it funny or do it seriously, just do it.

Chemistry Laboratory Safety Rules

Some rules are NOT made to be broken. That is true of the rules used in a chemistry lab. They are really, truly for your safety and not your humiliation.

Do Not Pipette By Mouth – EverYou say, “But it’s only water.” Even if it is, how clean do you think that glassware really is? Using disposable pipettes? I know lots of people who rinse them and put them back! Learn to use the pipette bulb or automated pipetter. Don’t pipette by mouth at home either. Gasoline and kerosene should be obvious, but people get hospitalized or die every year, right? I know someone who used his mouth to start the suction on a waterbed to drain it. Do you know what they put in some waterbed additives? Carbon-14. Mmmm…radiation. He couldn’t retch fast enough! The lesson is that even seemingly harmless substances may be dangerous!

Read the Chemical Safety Information
A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) should be available for every chemical you use in lab. Visit and follow the recommendations for safe use and disposal of the material. Dress Appropriately (for chemistry lab, not fashion or the weather) No sandals, no clothes you love more than life, no contact lenses, and long pants are preferable to shorts or short skirts. Tie long hair back. Wear safety goggles and a lab coat. Even if you aren’t clumsy, someone else in the lab probably is. If you take even a few chemistry courses you will probably see people set themselves on fire, spill acid on themselves, others, or notes, splash themselves in the eye, etc. Don’t be the bad example to others, remembered for all time for something stupid!

Identify the Safety Equipment
And know how to use it! Given that some people (possibly you) will need them, know the locations of the fire blanket, extinguishers, eyewash, and shower. Ask for demonstrations! If the eyewash hasn’t been used in a while the discoloration of the water is usually sufficient to inspire use of safety glasses.

Don’t Taste or Sniff Chemicals
For many chemicals, if you can smell them then you are exposing yourself to a dose that can harm you! If the safety information says that a chemical should only be used inside a fume hood, then don’t use it anywhere else. This isn’t cooking class – don’t taste your experiments!

Don’t Casually Dispose of Chemicals Down the Drain
Some chemicals can be washed down the drain, while others require a different method of disposal. If a chemical can go in the sink, be sure to wash it away rather than risk an unexpected reaction between chemical ‘leftovers’ later.

Don’t Eat or Drink in Lab
It’s tempting, but oh so dangerous… just don’t do it!