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Cross Safely- Know Your Signs!

Updated: May 2, 2022

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.

If you are in a busy downtown area, like us - crosswalk safety signs are a must!

Signs are always USA Made!

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

Required Appearance

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

Fire Safety

Red with white letters

Signifies the location of emergency equipment, such as fire extinguishers and fire exits

General Safety

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

  • Sharp objects

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.

Read to design some visual communications?

Let's collaborate and design. The A frame sign featured here is one of our designs.

Safety first!

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