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Can People See Your Shelter in Place Signs?

Can People See Your Shelter in Place Signs?

| April 27, 2017

Where evacuation is risky—in events like chemical or radiological explosion, a gas line break, a leak from a nearby plant, terrorist threat—sheltering in place is the only recourse to defend yourself and those around you. The Red Cross, Center for Disease Prevention and Control, and many other organizations provide excellent tips to prepare for and […]


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April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!

April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month!

| April 4, 2017

Distracted driving is defined as any activity that can divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving. These distractions include text messaging, making phone calls, sending emails, eating or drinking, etc. Although these are activities that should be done on their own, many people find that they can multi-task while they are […]


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Trump administration overturns Obama’s transgender restroom rule

Trump administration overturns Obama’s transgender restroom rule

| February 27, 2017

Effective February 22, the Trump administration has reversed the Obama administration’s protections for transgender students in public schools. Under Obama’s interpretation of the law known as Title IX, schools were required to permit transgender students to use sex-segregated facilities that corresponded to their gender identity, rather than their biological sex. This included school bathrooms and […]


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California’s Assembly Bill 1732 Transitions Single-User Restrooms To All-Gender Restrooms

California’s Assembly Bill 1732 Transitions Single-User Restrooms To All-Gender Restrooms

| January 31, 2017

California has become the first state in the nation to adopt a new law that will require all single occupancy restrooms in any business establishment, place of public accommodation, or state or local government agency to be accessible to all genders. Starting on March 1, 2017, all establishments must have updated signage to reflect the […]


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How highways got their signs

How highways got their signs

| January 3, 2017

We recently got an interesting inquiry from a customer asking, just how did street signs get that way?  Why are they shaped like they are? Well, it’s actually an interesting question!   At first, signage on streets and highways wasn’t standardized at all.  In the early 20th century, most long-distance travel was by rail or […]


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SmartSign donates all-gender restroom signs to Long Island Children’s Museum

SmartSign donates all-gender restroom signs to Long Island Children’s Museum

| November 9, 2016

At SmartSign, we’re no stranger to being advocates for all-gender restroom signs. We have donated our signs to hundreds of schools, universities and nonprofit organizations. We want to be able to create a safe place for all gender identities and alleviate any confusion people may have when going to the restroom.  Beth Ann Balalaos, the […]


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Workplace illnesses and injuries continue to decline

Workplace illnesses and injuries continue to decline

| November 1, 2016

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on October 27th that workplace illnesses and injuries continued to decline in 2015.  The current rate of 3.0 total injuries per 100 full-time workers compares favorably with 3.5 injuries per 100 workers in 2010, and 4.6 injuries per 100 workers in 2005.  It is the lowest rate of workplace […]


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