Since the American National Standards Institute was founded over a century ago, ANSI has grown from an association comprised solely of engineering societies to a non-profit organization representing more than 125,000 companies and 3.5 million professionals. Today, ANSI is responsible for overseeing the development of voluntary consensus standards covering everything from occupational health and safety to radio frequency to industrial robotics.

As a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the official US representative, ANSI plays a key role in its governance, participating in almost the entire technical program and advocating for the adoption of U.S. standards as international standards. Although ANSI does not directly develop standards, the institute accredits standards developers (like the American Petroleum Institute and the American Society of Safety Professionals) to establish consensus among qualified groups.

Whether it’s enforced by OSHA or regarded as an industry best practice, we dive into different ANSI standards covering a number of workplace safety topics, including:

  • Personal Protective Equipment: ANSI standards for eyeglasses, face protection, head protection, and hearing protection.
  • Safety Alerting Standards: The comprehensive set of standards from ANSI concerning the design, format, application, and use of safety signs and labels.
  • Pipe Marking: Developed by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ANSI/ASME A13.1 establishes a standard for identifying piping systems.

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National Electrical Code (NEC)

National Electrical Code (NEC)

The National Electrical Code (NEC) is the ANSI/NFPA-approved standard for safe electrical installation. The NEC is revised once every three years, with the most recent changes in 2017.

Arc Flash Label Requirements [2018 Updates]

Arc Flash Label Requirements [2018 Updates]

Arc flash hazard labels must be placed on any piece of electrical equipment where workers might need to perform work while the equipment is still energized.

Your Guide to Proper Pipe Marking

Your Guide to Proper Pipe Marking

If you are looking to implement or update a pipe marking strategy for your facility it is important to gathering as much information as possible. Read More...

OSHA Sign Compliance: ANSI 1967 vs. ANSI 2011 [With 2017 Updates]

OSHA Sign Compliance: ANSI 1967 vs. ANSI 2011 [With 2017 Updates]

OSHA regulations require businesses to follow one of two safety sign standards to remain in compliance: ANSI 1967 and ANSI 2011. Take a look at these two styles and pick the one that best meets your needs.

A Guide to Pipe Marking Standards

A Guide to Pipe Marking Standards

For most industries, abiding by ASME/ANSI pipe marking standards is sufficient for staying safe and OSHA compliant. Some workplaces, though, are required to comply to more unique pipe marking standards due to the nature of the substance the pipes contain.

ANSI TIA 606-B Cable Labeling Standards

ANSI TIA 606-B Cable Labeling Standards

ANSI TIA 606-B Cable Labeling Standards are a unified labeling method for the wires used in computer systems. These standards help businesses record data and keep their IT environments organized. Get to know these standards; they’ll help your business run more efficiently.

ANSI S3.19 – Noise Reduction

ANSI S3.19 – Noise Reduction

In most facilities there is no way to eliminate dangerous levels of noise, so it becomes necessary to wear hearing protection. Hearing protection is regulated by ANSI S3.19 standards.

Hard Hat Classes [OSHA & ANSI Standards]

Hard Hat Classes [OSHA & ANSI Standards]

Each hard hat class is designed specifically to help provide protection against certain types of hazards. Learn about hard hat classes to ensure the right hats are used to keep everyone safe.

ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 Standard [Eye Protection + Safety Glasses]

ANSI/ISEA Z87.1 Standard [Eye Protection + Safety Glasses]

ANSI Z87.1 focuses on safety glasses and helps employers and employees make decisions that can help protect people’s eyes and face from a variety of threats.

ANSI Color Codes for Pipe Marking

ANSI Color Codes for Pipe Marking

When following the ANSI A13.1 standards, the most important thing is to understand the six most common color schemes.

Labeling Electrical Conduits

Labeling Electrical Conduits

Learn how to label electrical conduits so employees can quickly identify them.

Safety Colors (OSHA Guidelines and Color Codes)

Safety Colors (OSHA Guidelines and Color Codes)

Using colors strategically makes communication in your facility more effective. Get the details about common color codes.

ANSI Z535 [Updated Guide to Safety Signs & Labels]

ANSI Z535 [Updated Guide to Safety Signs & Labels]

An in-depth look at ANSI’s standard for safety signs and labels in the workplace.

Pipe Color Codes - ANSI/ASME A13.1

Pipe Color Codes - ANSI/ASME A13.1

The ANSI/ASME A13.1 pipe marking color code explained.

What are ANSI standards?

What are ANSI standards?

The American National Standards Institute makes guidelines that could impact your workplace.


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Eye Injuries in the Workplace

Eye Injuries in the Workplace

Eye Injuries in the Workplace 1000 eye injuries occur every day in U.S. workplaces, according to OSHA estimates. Injuries range from eye… 

Pipe Marking 101: Why is Pipe Marking Important?

Pipe Marking 101: Why is Pipe Marking Important?

Pipe Marking 101 - Why is pipe marking important? Safety - Eliminate accidents by minimizing identification errors. Efficiency - No wasted time… 

5 Steps for Pipe Label Compliance

5 Steps for Pipe Label Compliance

It's Pipe Marking Season! Are you in Compliance? Now that the snow is melting and spring is springing, this is a… 

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Pipe marking can stop injuries. Labels on pipes give visual safety cues to workers on the job. Color codes from… 

A fireproof workplace and personal protective equipment are critical for safe welding. Welding is a hot work process due a… 

This is a surprise! OSHA does NOT have requirements for safety color coding in the workplace. But ANSI does. The… 

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