Safety is serious business and warning signs are items we design & produce.
Safety signs in the workplace are used to make sure everyone is aware of potential hazards and are fully equipped to handle an emergency. Whether your workplace is a warehouse, store, office, or other location, this communication is essential.
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Let's walk through popular safety signs. You probably have heard of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), with rules around promoting safety in the workplace.
Type of Sign
When To Use It
Red, white, and black
Often preceded by a caution symbol to indicate that death/serious injury is almost certain to occur if the hazard is not avoided
Orange with black letters
Often preceded by a caution symbol to describe a hazard that may result in death/serious injury, but where the overall risk is not severe enough to need a danger sign
Yellow with black letters
Often preceded by a caution symbol to indicate that a hazard may result in minor to moderate injuries and to caution against unsafe actions
Red with white letters
Signifies the location of emergency equipment, such as fire extinguishers and fire exits
Green with white letters
To offer broad safety-related messages, typically relating to health, medical equipment, sanitation, first aid, housekeeping, and other general safety measures
Blue with white letters
To communicate general information about a machine, building, area, or piece of equipment, and to outline procedures, maintenance information, instructions, rules, occupancy restrictions, and other directions unrelated to personal injuries
Tip: Start by figuring out where those "out of the ordinary, unexpected or not readily apparent" hazards are in and around your facility
Here are different types of hazards to look out for:
Dangerous machinery or moving vehicles
Areas with a risk of falling objects
Uneven or slippery surfaces
Sources of extreme heat, open flames, or flammable material
Toxic or caustic chemicals
Electrical or high voltage hazards
Potentially dangerous fumes or a lack of breathable air
Additional types of safety signs you may need to communicate important information:
Signs marking fire escape routes, fire exit locations, and fire equipment
Reminders to wear appropriate safety gear (such as face masks)
Location markers for first aid kits and emergency equipment such as an eye wash station
Signs highlighting prohibited behaviors like smoking or unauthorized access
Now that you’ve identified all the hazards that could warrant a safety sign, decide on which hazards should get a safety sign. Posting too many signs is a common pitfall - too many can be overwhelming, and the safety component will be lost.
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