Safety signs explained
Often seen by employees as mere legal requirements or part of pedantic bureaucratic processes rather than an important tool for workplace safety, emergency signs play an underappreciated role in the workplace. Even on jobs where there may not be any hazardous materials or heavy machinery to contend with, having the correct signage in place can keep your workplace and employees safe and injury-free.
Health Safety Signs
Safety signs play a practical part in preventing injury and promoting awareness of potential hazards in the workplace. For example, using a health safety sign to indicate material handling instructions, when ear protection should be worn, when safety work boots must be worn, or when the floor is wet can help keep employees aware of their environment and safe from injury.
Not only that, but without the appropriate health and safety signs in place, many employees would lack important direction when emergency response is critical, not to mention that employers could find themselves in significant legal trouble if any accidents were to occur as a result of lack of appropriate health and safety signage. Emergency exit signs, construction signs, fire equipment signs and safety equipment signs are all important workplace fixtures to advise employees of the dangers they need to be aware of, and ultimately to direct employee response in emergency situations.
Safety items like bright orange safety cones can serve to alert staff and visitors of restricted areas and construction sites, or delineate loading and unloading areas. These pliable cones are often used as roadside markers in the case of an accident, but work equally well in any area where a perimeter must be formed or where people need to be alerted to a change in their work environment.
Fire Safety Signs
Fire in the workplace is obviously one of the worst-case scenarios, and one of the risks most easily reduced by having appropriate signs in place. Fire safety signs will alerts employees to how and where to safely exit the building, how to operate a fire extinguisher or how to activate a fire alarm. For added safety and understanding, make sure fire safety signage is consistent and clear, and placed in visible locations without interference from other non-essential signs. When workers are aware and armed with the correct information, the odds of preventing a fire-related accident in the workplace rise considerably.
The bottom line is that the right safety cues in the right places lead to a reduction in preventable industrial accidents. By ensuring that your workplace is outfitted with the appropriate emergency signs, you can help protect employees and visitors to your workplace against the potential dangers that may go unnoticed, and give vital information in times of emergency.