ASTM F1297 - 90(2012)

    Standard Guide for Location and Instruction Symbols for Evacuation and Lifesaving Equipment

    Active Standard ASTM F1297 | Developed by Subcommittee: F25.07

    Book of Standards Volume: 01.07


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    Significance and Use

    The symbols depicted represent the following:

    Equipment required during evacuation or rescue,

    Location of muster stations in preparation for evacuation or rescue, or

    The sequence of events for operation of survival craft.

    Where station numbers are used with another symbol, they should be abutted to the right hand side of the other symbol.

    Arrows may be used with any other symbol and, where feasible, should point in the direction of the equipment or station by being abutted to the symbol on the edge toward which the arrow is pointing.

    Symbols that indicate station or equipment location should be in white on a green background (see Figs. 1 and 2).

    Symbols that specify the operating sequence of survival craft should be in white on a blue background (see Fig. 3).

    Symbols used as legends in station bills, lifesaving equipment arrangement plans or drawings, or other posters, need not meet the dimensions specified in 3.7.

    Symbols used as markers to indicate the location of stations or equipment should be sized in accordance with 3.7.1 or 3.7.2.

    Station number symbol dimensions should be a minimum of 150 mm in height by 75 mm in width (6 by 3 in.).

    Station number symbol dimensions of 600 by 300 mm (24 by 12 in.) should be used for greater prominence with the larger muster station symbol specified in 3.7.2.1.

    Other symbol dimensions should be a minimum of 150 by 150 mm (6 by 6 in.), except:

    A muster station symbol with dimensions of 600 by 600 mm (24 by 24 in.) may be used in conjunction with the larger station number symbol specified in 3.7.1.1.

    Symbols depicted in Figs. 1 and 2 should represent the survival craft that is actually provided.


    (a) Lifeboat

    ( g) Lifebuoy

    (b) Rescue Boat

    ( h) Lifebuoy with Line

    (c) Liferaft

    ( i) Lifebuoy with Light

    (d) Davit Launched Liferaft

    ( j) Lifebuoy with Light and Smoke

    (e) Embarkation Ladder

    ( k) Lifejacket

    (f) Evacuation Slide

    (l) Child's Lifejacket
    FIG. 1 Symbols for Location of Emergency Equipment and Muster and Embarkation Stations (continued in Fig. 2)


    (m) Immersion Suit

    ( s) Line-Throwing Appliance

    (n) Survival Craft Portable Radio

    (t) Muster Station

    (o) Emergency Position Indicating Radiobeacon (EPIRB)

    (u) Embarkation Station

    (p) Radar Transponder

    ( v) Direction Indicators

    (q) Survival Craft Pyrotechnic Distress Signals

    (w) Station Numbers

    (r) Rocket Parachute Flares
    FIG. 2 Symbols for Location of Emergency Equipment and Muster and Embarkation Stations (continued from Fig. 1)


    (a) Release Gripes

    ( f) Lower Lifeboat to Water

    (b) Fasten Seat Belts

    ( g) Lower Liferaft to Water

    (c) Secure Hatches

    ( h) Lower Rescue Boat to Water

    (d) Start Engine

    ( i) Release Falls

    (e) Start Air Supply

    ( j) Start Waterspray
    FIG. 3 Symbols for Launching and Operating Survival Craft

    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide covers those symbols to be used to identify the location and operation of lifesaving equipment related to evacuation of personnel in the marine environment.

    1.2 The symbols depicted should be used whenever graphic representation could assist personnel in locating their emergency stations and equipment and in the operation of such equipment.

    1.3 Posters or signs depicting these symbols should be placed in conspicuous locations in the vicinity of survival craft, their launching controls, or other lifesaving equipment.

    1.4 The values stated in SI units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are for information only.


    2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.

    Safety of Life at Sea Convention

    SOLAS74 International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea


    ICS Code

    ICS Number Code 01.080.20 (Graphical symbols for use on specific equipment); 13.200 (Accident and disaster control)

    UNSPSC Code

    UNSPSC Code


    Referencing This Standard

    DOI: 10.1520/F1297-90R12

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    Citation Format

    ASTM F1297-90(2012), Standard Guide for Location and Instruction Symbols for Evacuation and Lifesaving Equipment, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2012, www.astm.org

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