ISO 7010

ISO 7010 is an International Organization for Standardization technical standard for graphical symbols on hazard and warning signs, including those indicating emergency exits and safety signs. It uses colours and principles set out in ISO 3864 for these symbols, and is intended to provide "safety information that relies as little as possible on the use of words to achieve understanding."[1] It is distinct from the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals specified by the United Nations to standardise hazardous material classification and labelling.

As of July 2018, the latest version is ISO 7010:2011. This is under review to be replaced with new standard ISO/DIS 7010, which also incorporates water safety signs and beach safety flags previously specified in ISO 20712.[2]

ISO 7010 E001 new
The ISO symbol for "Exit".

Shape and colour of sign types

ISO 7010 specifies five combinations of shape and colour to distinguish between the type of information presented.[3]

Shape and colour of sign types
Sign type[1] Meaning Colour (per ISO 7010)[4] Shape[4] Example
Prohibition sign Prohibition Red Circle with diagonal line ISO 7010 P003.svg No open flame
Mandatory sign Must do Blue Circle ISO 7010 M003.svg Use hearing protection
Warning sign Warn of hazard Yellow Equilateral triangle with rounded corners ISO 7010 W002.svg Explosive materials
Safe Condition sign Safety equipment & exits Green Square or rectangular ISO 7010 E007.svg Emergency Assembly Point
Fire Safety sign Fire Protection Red Square ISO 7010 F001.svg Fire Extinguisher

List of ISO 7010 symbols

These are the official numbers and titles of ISO 7010-2011[5] safety signs.

Safe Condition

ISO 7010 E001 new

E001 – Emergency exit (left hand)

ISO 7010 E002 new

E002 – Emergency exit (right hand)

ISO 7010 E003 - First aid sign

E003 – First aid

ISO 7010 E004

E004 – Emergency telephone

ISO 7010 Safe condition arrow 1

E005 – Direction arrow (90° angle)

ISO 7010 Safe condition arrow 2

E006 – Direction arrow (45° angle)

ISO 7010 E007

E007 – Evacuation assembly point

ISO 7010 E008

E008 – Break to obtain access

ISO 7010 E009

E009 – Doctor

ISO 7010 E010

E010 – Automated external heart defibrillator

ISO 7010 E011

E011 – Eyewash station

ISO 7010 E012

E012 – Safety shower

ISO 7010 E013

E013 – Stretcher

ISO 7010 E016

E016 – Emergency window with escape ladder

ISO 7010 E017

E017 – Rescue window

ISO 7010 E018

E018 – Turn anticlockwise (counterclockwise) to open

ISO 7010 E019

E019 – Turn clockwise to open

Fire Protection

ISO 7010 F001

F001 – Fire extinguisher

ISO 7010 F002

F002 – Fire hose reel

ISO 7010 F003

F003 – Fire ladder

ISO 7010 F004

F004 – Collection of firefighting equipment

ISO 7010 F005

F005 – Fire alarm call point

ISO 7010 F006

F006 – Fire emergency telephone


ISO 7010 M001

M001 – General mandatory action sign

ISO 7010 M002

M002 – Refer to instruction manual/booklet

ISO 7010 M003

M003 – Wear ear protection

ISO 7010 M004

M004 – Wear eye protection

ISO 7010 M005

M005 – Connect an earth terminal to the ground

ISO 7010 M006

M006 – Disconnect mains plug from electrical outlet

ISO 7010 M007

M007 – Opaque eye protection must be worn

ISO 7010 M008

M008 – Wear foot protection

ISO 7010 M009

M009 – Wear protective gloves

ISO 7010 M010

M010 – Wear protective clothing

ISO 7010 M011

M011 – Wash your hands

ISO 7010 M012

M012 – Use handrail

ISO 7010 M013

M013 – Wear a face shield

ISO 7010 M014

M014 – Wear head protection

ISO 7010 M015

M015 – Wear high visibility clothing

ISO 7010 M016

M016 – Wear a mask

ISO 7010 M017

M017 – Wear respiratory protection

ISO 7010 M018

M018 – Wear a safety harness

ISO 7010 M019

M019 – Wear a welding mask

ISO 7010 M020

M020 – Wear safety belts

ISO 7010 M021

M021 – Disconnect before carrying out maintenance or repair

ISO 7010 M022

M022 – Use barrier cream

ISO 7010 M023

M023 – Use footbridge

ISO 7010 M024

M024 – use this walkway

ISO 7010 M025

M025 – Protect infants' eyes with opaque eye protection

ISO 7010 M026

M026 – Use protective apron


ISO 7010 P001

P001 – General prohibition sign

ISO 7010 P002

P002 – No smoking

ISO 7010 P003

P003 – No open flame

ISO 7010 P004

P004 – No thoroughfare

ISO 7010 P005

P005 – Not drinking water

ISO 7010 P006

P006 – No access for forklift trucks and industrial vehicles

ISO 7010 P007

P007 – No access for people with active implanted cardiac devices

ISO 7010 P008

P008 – No metallic articles or watches

ISO 7010 P010

P010 – Do not touch

ISO 7010 P011

P011 – Do not extinguish with water

ISO 7010 P012

P012 – No heavy load

ISO 7010 P013

P013 – No activated mobile phone

ISO 7010 P014

P014 – No access for people with metallic implants

ISO 7010 P015

P015 – No reaching in

ISO 7010 P017

P017 – No pushing

ISO 7010 P018

P018 – No sitting

ISO 7010 P019

P019 – No stepping on surface

ISO 7010 P020

P020 – Do not use lift in the event of fire

ISO 7010 P021

P021 – No dogs

ISO 7010 P022

P022 – No eating or drinking

ISO 7010 P023

P023 – Do not obstruct

ISO 7010 P024

P024 – Do not walk or stand here

ISO 7010 P025

P025 – Do not use this incomplete scaffold

ISO 7010 P026

P026 – Do not use this device in a bathtub, shower or water-filled reservoir

ISO 7010 P027

P027 – Do not use this lift for people

ISO 7010 P028

P028 – Do not wear gloves

ISO 7010 P029

P029 – No photography

ISO 7010 P030

P030 – Do not tie knots in rope

ISO 7010 P031

P031 – Do not alter the state of the switch

ISO 7010 P032

P032 – Do not use for face grinding

ISO 7010 P033

P033 – Do not use for wet grinding

ISO 7010 P034

P034 – Do not use with hand-held grinder


ISO 7010 W001

W001 – General warning sign

ISO 7010 W002

W002 – Explosive materials

ISO 7010 W003

W003 – Radioactive material or ionizing radiation

ISO 7010 W004

W004 – Laser beam

ISO 7010 W005

W005 – Non-ionizing radiation

ISO 7010 W006

W006 – Magnetic field

ISO 7010 W007

W007 – Floor-level obstacle

ISO 7010 W008

W008 – Drop or fall hazard

ISO 7010 W009

W009 – Biological hazard

ISO 7010 W010

W010 – Low temperature hazard

ISO 7010 W011

W011 – Slippery surface

ISO 7010 W012

W012 – Electricity hazard

ISO 7010 W013

W013 – Guard dog

ISO 7010 W014

W014 – Forklift truck and other industrial vehicles

ISO 7010 W015

W015 – Overhead or suspended load

ISO 7010 W016

W016 – Toxic material

ISO 7010 W017

W017 – Hot surface

ISO 7010 W018

W018 – Automatic start-up

ISO 7010 W019

W019 – Crushing by moving parts

ISO 7010 W020

W020 – Overhead obstacle

ISO 7010 W021

W021 – Flammable material

ISO 7010 W022

W022 – Sharp element

ISO 7010 W023

W023 – Corrosive substance

ISO 7010 W024

W024 – Crushing of hands

ISO 7010 W025

W025 – Counter-rotating rollers

ISO 7010 W026

W026 – Battery charging

ISO 7010 W027

W027 – Optical radiation

ISO 7010 W028

W028 – Oxidizing substance

ISO 7010 W029

W029 – Pressurized cylinder

ISO 7010 W035

W035 – Falling Parts

ISO 7010 W039

W039 – Falling Ice Spikes

See also


  1. ^ a b "ISO 7010:2011 — Graphical symbols — Safety colours and safety signs — Registered safety signs". ISO Online Browsing Platform (OBP). International Organization for Standardization. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  2. ^ "ISO/DIS 7010 — Graphical symbols — Safety colours and safety signs — Registered safety signs". International Organization for Standization. Retrieved 2018-07-14.
  3. ^ "ISO 7010 Safety Signs Guide Book" (PDF). Brady Corporation. 2017-01-12.
  4. ^ a b International Organization for Standardization (March 2011). "ISO 3864-4:2011". Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  5. ^ International Standards Organization. "ISO Online Browsing Platform". ISO Online Browsing Platform. Retrieved 3 April 2018.

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ISO 7010:2011 Graphical symbols -- Safety colours and safety signs -- Registered safety signs

Emergency exit

An emergency exit in a structure is a special exit for emergencies such as a fire: the combined use of regular and special exits allows for faster evacuation, while it also provides an alternative if the route to the regular exit is blocked by fire, etc.

The qualifications for an emergency exit are as follows: it must be in a location that is easily accessible, the exit must have an area or location that it can bring people to in the event of any emergency situation, it must be controlled by the inside of the building, it must be well managed and regularly up kept, and it must be in a permanent location.

It is usually in a strategically located (e.g. in a stairwell, hallway, or other likely places) outward opening door with a crash bar on it and with exit signs leading to it. The name is a reference to when they were frequently used, however, a fire exit can also be a main doorway must be able to be unlocked from the inside of the room. A fire escape is a special kind of emergency exit, mounted to the outside of a building.

European hazard symbols

European hazard symbols for chemicals are pictograms defined by the European Union for labelling chemical packaging (for storage and workplace) and containers (for transportation). They are standardised currently by the CLP/GHS classification.

Exit sign

An exit sign is a device in a public facility (such as a building, aircraft, or boat) denoting the location of the closest emergency exit in case of fire or other emergency. Most relevant codes (fire, building, health, or safety) require exit signs to be permanently lit.

Exit signs are designed to be absolutely unmistakable and understandable to anyone. In the past, this generally meant exit signs that show the word "EXIT" or the equivalent in the local language, but increasingly exit signs around the world are in pictogram form, with or without supplementary text.

First aid kit

A first aid kit is a collection of supplies and equipment that is used to give medical treatment. There is a wide variation in the contents of first aid kits based on the knowledge and experience of those putting it together, the differing first aid requirements of the area where it may be used and variations in legislation or regulation in a given area.

The international standard for first aid kits is that they should be identified with the ISO graphical symbol for first aid (from ISO 7010) which is an equal white cross on a green background.

Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals

The Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) is an internationally agreed-upon standard managed by the United Nations that was set up to replace the assortment of hazardous material classification and labelling schemes previously used around the world. Core elements of the GHS include standardized hazard testing criteria, universal warning pictograms, and harmonized safety data sheets which provide users of dangerous goods with a host of information. The system acts as a complement to the UN Numbered system of regulated hazardous material transport. Implementation is managed through the UN Secretariat. Although adoption has taken time, as of 2017, the system has been enacted to significant extents in most major countries of the world. This includes the European Union, which has implemented the United Nations' GHS into EU law as the CLP Regulation, and United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.

ISO 3864

ISO 3864 specifies international standards for safety symbols. These labels are graphical, to overcome language barriers. The standard is split into four parts:

ISO 3864-1:2011 Part 1: Design principles for safety signs and safety

ISO 3864-2:2016 Part 2: Design principles for product safety labels

ISO 3864-3:2012 Part 3: Design principles for graphical symbols for use in safety signs

ISO 3864-4:2011 Part 4: Colorimetric and photometric properties of safety sign materials

ISO 7001

ISO 7001 ("public information symbols") is a standard published by the International Organization for Standardization that defines a set of pictograms and symbols for public information. The latest version, ISO 7001:2007, was published in November 2007.

The set is the result of extensive testing in several countries and different cultures and have met the criteria for comprehensibility set up by the ISO. Common examples of public information symbols include those representing toilets, car parking, and information, and the International Symbol of Access.

List of International Organization for Standardization standards, 5000-7999

This is a list of published International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards and other deliverables. For a complete and up-to-date list of all the ISO standards, see the ISO catalogue.The standards are protected by copyright and most of them must be purchased. However, about 300 of the standards produced by ISO and IEC's Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC1) have been made freely and publicly available.

No symbol

The general prohibition sign (official name, according to ISO 7010), also known as a no symbol, no sign, circle-backslash symbol, nay, interdictory circle or universal no, is a red circle with a red diagonal line through it (running from top left to bottom right), completely enclosing a pictogram to indicate something is not permitted. The prohibition sign is sometimes seen in all-black, where color is not available.

The Unicode code point for the prohibition sign is U+20E0, Combining Enclosing Circle Backslash ( ⃠ ). It is a combining character, which means that it appears on top of the character immediately before it, so putting ♪ ⃠ ∞ ⃠ is supposed to show an eighth note inside the prohibition sign, followed by the infinity symbol inside the prohibition sign: ♪ ⃠ ∞ ⃠. It also appears in the Webdings and Wingdings 2 fonts.

There is also a prohibition sign emoji located at U+1F6AB NO ENTRY SIGN (🚫), which does not combine with anything.According to the ISO standard (and also under a UK Statutory Instrument), the red area must take up at least 35 percent of the total area of the sign within the outer circumference of the "prohibition sign". Therefore, 35 percent of everything within the outer edge of the "no symbol" must be the symbol. Additionally, for printed signs under the UK rules, the width of a "no symbol" is set at 80 percent the height of the area to which it is printed.

Warning sign

A warning sign is a type of sign which indicates a potential hazard, obstacle or condition requiring special attention. Some are traffic signs that indicate hazards on roads that may not be readily apparent to a driver.While warning traffic sign designs vary, they usually take the shape of an equilateral triangle with a white background and thick red border. In the People's Republic of China (except for Macau and Hong Kong), they appear with a black border and a yellow background. In Sweden, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Greece, Finland, Iceland, the Republic of Macedonia and Poland, they have a red border with an amber background. The polar bear warning sign in Svalbard recently changed from displaying a black bear on white background to a white bear on black background (both signs are triangular with a red border). Some countries (like France, Norway and Spain) that normally use a white background have adopted an orange or amber background for road work or construction signs.

Warning signs in some countries have a diamond shape in place of the standard triangular shape. In the United States, Canada, Mexico, Thailand, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, most of South America, and also Ireland (diverging from the standards of the rest of Europe) use warning signs are black on a yellow background and usually diamond-shaped, while temporary signs (which are typically construction signs) are black on an orange background. Some other countries also use these standards for some signage.

The warning signs usually contain a symbol. In Europe they are based on the UNECE Vienna Convention on Road Signs and Signals. In the United States they are based on the MUTCD standard and often contain text only.

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