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Conference Paper: The effects of background color of safety symbols on perception of the symbols

TitleThe effects of background color of safety symbols on perception of the symbols
Authors
KeywordsSafety symbol
Background colour
Hazard and risk perception
Behavioral compliance
Issue Date2010
Citation
The 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2010), Miami, FL., 17-20 July 2010. How to Cite?
AbstractThis present study investigated the effects of the background color of safety symbols on the way people perceive hazard and risk and consequent compliance to the symbols. Thirty-one Hong Kong Chinese rated perceived hazardousness, perceived severity of injury, immediacy of consequences, and likelihood of compliance for 21 safety symbols with various background colors and symbol types. A color was not tested if it was the same as the color of the symbol. This study showed that background color significantly influenced perception of the symbols. For hazard warning symbols (black background was not tested) and mandatory action symbols (blue background was not tested), red produced the highest levels of perceived hazard, injury severity, consequence immediacy, and compliance. For prohibition types of symbols (red background was not tested), hazard, severity, consequence immediacy, and compliance levels were perceived to be higher for black than for other background colors.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/140306

 

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dc.contributor.authorOr, CKLen_US
dc.contributor.authorChan, AHS-
dc.date.accessioned2011-09-23T06:10:00Z-
dc.date.available2011-09-23T06:10:00Z-
dc.date.issued2010en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe 3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics (AHFE 2010), Miami, FL., 17-20 July 2010.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/140306-
dc.description.abstractThis present study investigated the effects of the background color of safety symbols on the way people perceive hazard and risk and consequent compliance to the symbols. Thirty-one Hong Kong Chinese rated perceived hazardousness, perceived severity of injury, immediacy of consequences, and likelihood of compliance for 21 safety symbols with various background colors and symbol types. A color was not tested if it was the same as the color of the symbol. This study showed that background color significantly influenced perception of the symbols. For hazard warning symbols (black background was not tested) and mandatory action symbols (blue background was not tested), red produced the highest levels of perceived hazard, injury severity, consequence immediacy, and compliance. For prohibition types of symbols (red background was not tested), hazard, severity, consequence immediacy, and compliance levels were perceived to be higher for black than for other background colors.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.relation.ispartof3rd International Conference on Applied Human Factors and Ergonomics, AHFE 2010en_US
dc.rightsCreative Commons: Attribution 3.0 Hong Kong License-
dc.subjectSafety symbol-
dc.subjectBackground colour-
dc.subjectHazard and risk perception-
dc.subjectBehavioral compliance-
dc.titleThe effects of background color of safety symbols on perception of the symbolsen_US
dc.typeConference_Paperen_US
dc.identifier.emailOr, CKL: klor@hku.hken_US
dc.identifier.authorityOr, CKL=rp01369en_US
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dc.identifier.hkuros194454en_US
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