Much-Needed Guidance For Product Safety Manuals

Law360, New York (October 13, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Manufacturers long have had guidelines from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) regarding the design of warning and safety labels. This has led to uniformity in safety labeling, and clear guidance for the courts when these standards were not followed and manufacturers did not comply with their “duty to warn” obligations.

The same, however, has not been true for safety and instruction manuals. No standards existed for how information was to be presented. As a result, product safety manuals varied dramatically from company to company in...
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