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March 10, 2007

New symbol for radiation danger

New radiation warning symbol

The International Atomic Energy Agency has unveiled a new graphic symbol designed to warn people that they're in the presence of dangerous radiation. The symbol, meant to supplement the ubiquitous trefoil radiation symbol that filled us all with dread and fear back in the Cold War days, will be used in situations where proceeding further could result in grave consequences. For instance, you might find the symbol inside of a food irradiation device, on the internal hatch covering the radiation source. The message being "Dude, you don't want to take this cover off". Most people will go their whole lives and never see this symbol.

The new symbol was the result of five years of work that included testing in 11 different countries all around the world. But not everyone is happy with it. For instance, check out this critique by usability expert Andrew Crow from Adaptive Path.

I can't wait 'til I start seeing these stickers on skateboard decks.

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 10, 2007 08:26 AM


...or maybe the arrow means, "This way to the Dangerous Radiation!"??

So okay, people who want Dangerous Radiation should go that way, like the little man indicates, but if I don't want any Dangerous Radiation, should I go the other way, or stay where I am, or what?

Or... the Dangerous Radiation appears to be irradiating the death skull, so does that mean that the Dangerous Radiation can even poison Death, and so make me immortal?

Now I'm confused.

Posted by: G. L. Dryfoos at March 11, 2007 02:51 PM