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Chinese Version of Safety Pictorial Database Now Available

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has developed a Chinese-language version of the AEM Safety Pictorial Database, which provides “industry recognized” pictorial illustrations for voluntary use in equipment safety signs, manuals and other training materials.

The AEM database promotes greater consistency and clarity in pictorial image use, to aid worker comprehension and thus enhance safety. AEM introduced the Chinese-language version to advance more effective global communication of safety messages.
The service is available through the AEM website in the Technical section: Additional translations of the database are planned.

Industry technical and safety professionals working through AEM introduced the original English-language database in 2006 as a convenient resource for safety professionals. An AEM member task force continues to guide inclusion of additional product and process-specific pictorials as they are identified and developed.

The database currently offers 130 pictorials, searchable by category and keyword. The pictorials are common to many industry segments and product lines, and cover both hazard identification and hazard avoidance.

The downloadable graphical files are in formats (EPS and DXF) that can be imported directly into or opened in a variety of graphics and computer aided design software packages. The EPS files were saved in Adobe ® Illustrator 7.0 and the DXF files were saved in AutoCAD ® Version 13.

AEM notes that the database covers only the pictorial aspect of safety messaging and does not endorse specific sign or message formats. AEM encourages designers to use them “as is” as much as possible to present a consistent look for greater worker comprehension. Designers are also advised to consult all applicable laws, regulations and standards to assure proper compliance.

For more information contact AEM’s Larry Buzecky (414/298-4115, email

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