Sudarshan’s Safety Color Formulation Guidelines

Safety colors are visual markers that help keep the employees safe in a workplace. These color may appear on machines, signs or materials to indicate hazards. When professionals see these colors, they can quickly understand the meaning.

For example, when professionals see a yellow caution sign, they may pause to read it because they know the color represents a potential hazard. When they see a red sign, they know this often means to stop and they may stop to ensure they have the correct equipment or protection to help keep them safe.

Why are safety colors important?

Safety colors are an important part of keeping employees safe at work. When employees learn about safety color codes and see these colors, they are aware of the risk involved. This may help prevent accidents. Safety colors may help companies in the following ways:

  • Adherence to guidelines: When companies use safety colors, they ensure they meet the local safety guidelines for their industry.
  • Improved production: When employees feel safe, it leads to increased efficiency and productivity.
  • Increased well-being: When team members feel safe at work, they feel happier and healthier.

All Companies in different industries use color-coding standards to create safer environments for professionals and customers. Colors can be a quick way to notify individuals about potential hazards. For example, OSHA guidelines state organizations should mark fire hazards and prevention tools as red. In case of any emergency, individuals can quickly find the fire alarm handle or the extinguisher because of the color indication.

List of safety colors

Many companies use a combination of OSHA and ANSI standard colors to help keep employees safe. Here's a list of the most common safety colors you may see in the workplace:


The color red represents a fire hazard or fire prevention tool. This includes fire alarms, fire extinguishers and flammable materials. Red can also mark emergency signs and buttons. For example, in construction or manufacturing, many machines contain a red shut-off button. The color red may be easier to see for many individuals, so they can find the button quickly.


Organizations can use the color yellow to represent situations that require caution in the workplace. These can include tripping hazards or spills. For example, when a cleaning team mops the floors, they often place a yellow sign near the wet floor. When employees see the yellow sign, they know to be careful in the area.

Organizations also use yellow on cautionary signs to warn them about possible hazards. They may use a yellow caution sign to remind professionals to wear protective gear. For example, in a factory, an employee might see a yellow caution sign reminding them to wear goggles when working near machines. If this is a requirement in a certain area, the sign would usually be red.


Orange indicates a warning sign. It's most often used near or on machineries and equipments. For example, in a factory, the production machines may contain an orange sign warning employees about moving parts on the equipment. This can help prevent accidents and can increase workplace safety in industries.


Organizations can display green signs and markings to represent safety items. These can include safety first-aid kits and important safety tools. For example, companies that produce or handle chemicals may have an eyewash station where employees can immediately rinse off the material in case of accidental exposure. Companies can mark eyewash stations and emergency showers with green signs to help employees find the areas quickly.


The color blue in the workplace often represents repairs or other important information. Organizations can use blue signs to convey instructions or workplace policies. For example, you may see a blue notice sign stating that an area is for employees only. This can help keep customers or clients safe.


The safety color purple represents a radiation hazard. Organizations often use this color combined with yellow to help remind employees to take caution when working with radiation.

For example, if you work in a manufacturing company, you may see a yellow caution sign with a purple graphic reminding you that an area has radiation levels. This can remind employees to wear protective gear, which helps keep them safe.

Sudarshan offers color formulations for all the safety colors in both coatings and plastics applications.

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