Five Hidden Benefits of Safety Signage
Workplace safety has improved dramatically over the last decade. As a result, there has been a considerable reduction in worker injuries. When it comes to training personnel for occupational dangers, safety labels or signage plays a critical role. Safety signs such as caution and warning labels assist workers and assure their safety in a range of situations.
Workers can easily detect workplace dangers thanks to effective visual communication. In a cost-effective and straightforward manner, placing the appropriate safety signs at the appropriate locations reduces injury risks and promotes safety. It is the obligation of safety managers and business owners to take necessary steps and do all possible to avoid workplace accidents.
When Should Safety Signs Be Used?
To designate the locations in your business where dangers exist, you should use safety signs. It is critical to choose which sign should be used to identify a certain hazard. There are three types of signs: danger, warning, and caution. A danger sign is intended to identify the most dangerous risks so that employees may take appropriate precautions. The ‘danger’ signal can be displayed in white lettering on a red backdrop, or a simple symbol denoting the risk might be printed.
The ‘caution’ indicators indicate that there is a possible hazard and that negligence can result in injury. This can be printed in black on a yellow backdrop in the same way.
Avoid dangerous areas: Make people aware of other routes since they may otherwise walk through an area with slick surfaces, heavy machinery, and other hazards.
Avoid congestion: The more individuals crammed into an area, the more likely they are to be injured. Assist people in avoiding busy areas and creating more secure pathways using wayfinding signs.
Assist workers in emergencies: In an emergency, wayfinding signage may indicate emergency escape routes, direct people to fire exits, and point out fire extinguishers and other lifesaving items.
Arc Flash Safety Signs
Nominal System Voltage: It will determine the voltage class of a piece of equipment or a circuit, as well as the potential shock hazard or level of existing risk.
Arc Flash Boundary: It’s the distance from the equipment at which an unprotected person would most likely get a 2nd-degree burn if an arc flash occurred.
PPE: It will detail the necessary PPE for working safely on the designated safety equipment.
PPE Safety Signs
Eye protection: Allows workers to know when flying particles, dust, or other hazards need the use of eye protection, as well as what equipment parts must be used.
Fall protection: Falls are the leading cause of mortality in the construction sector; utilise signs to alert personnel to fall dangers and convey the importance of proper fall protection.
Ear protection: You can provide a warning about the presence of loud noises in the area and ask personnel to wear appropriate ear protection.
Equipment Maintenance Signs
Tagout/Lockout: Allow employees to be aware of when certain equipment require LO/TO prior to service and to be notified when a Lockout/Tagout operation is in progress.
Instructions: Remind employees to turn off machinery before repairing them, check oil or fuel levels, and read instructions before beginning work.
Numerous Hazards: Warn employees about the unique risks of a machine so that they may take appropriate precautions before starting work.