Three white walls, at 90 degree angles to each other, are hung with more than 30 different flat, rectangular canvas each covered in different combinations of industrial safety tape.
A man's head, visible from the mouth upward, is visible. He has brown, wavy hair and a close cropped beard and mustache. Behind and below him are consecutive squares each with zig zag lines of bright colors.

OSHA/ANSI no.15: Safety Tape on Panel

Christopher Paul Dean
Mighty Line Safety Tape, Wood
This installation consists of 71 panels, each in one of three sizes: 12 x 48 x 2 inches, 12 x 24 x 2 inches, or 16 x 16 x 2 inches.

“OSHA/ANSI no. 15: Safety Tape on Panel” presents a series of 71 multi-colored panels depicting safety tape patterns, which snake around the building’s brightly lit lobby walls. The vivid pop of colors and patterns create an inviting atmosphere that also highlights the Office of Sustainability, Facilities, and Safety’s commitment to ensuring safety in workspaces and activities across the Institute.

The installation utilizes six different safety tape patterns representing six different hazards:

  1. Yellow/Black - PH (Physical Hazards)
  2. Red/White - FPPE (Fire Prevention & Protection Equipment)
  3. Green/White - SFA (Safety & First Aid)
  4. Blue/White - DM (Defective Machinery)
  5. Pink/Yellow - RH (Radiation Hazard)
  6. Black/White - HAM (Housekeeping & Aisle Marking)   


Photograph of installation by Mike Jensen; photograph of CP Dean courtesy of the artist.