Acquaint Yourself with Common Industry-Recognized Safety Pictorial Graphics

It has been said a picture is worth a thousand words, but safety graphics on construction equipment are worth more than that – they could save your life. Crucial to preventing injury or even death, these often overlooked cautionary reminders take little time and effort to notice and heed.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) free service of over 145 pictorial graphics promotes effective safety messaging through the use of consistent industry-recognized pictorial images that are not dependent on language. These graphics warn operators and others of potential hazards. The AEM Pictorial Database 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.

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