Safety signs are an important tool for communicating safe working practices in every workplace. They help to identify hazards and risks while ensuring that workers protect themselves from injuries and take risk preventing actions as and when necessary.
To ensure that your employees get the most out of health and safety signs in your workplace, it is important to select signs that are most suitable for the type of work they carry out. Below you will find examples of four different types of signs that you and your employees need to be aware of:
These are round shaped with black pictograms on a white background. They have red edging as well as a red diagonal line across them. These signs are used for prevention measures and points out actions that are forbidden.
These signs have a triangular shape with a pictogram on a yellow background and have a black edging. The yellow warning signs indicate caution of potential or definite hazards so workers can stay alert of hazards and also ensure they work to reduce unnecessary risks.
These have a round shape with a white pictogram on a blue background. The mandatory blue signs usually highlight actions that must be taken. An example of this could be an instruction to wear personal protective equipment at all times in a plant room.
Emergency escape or first-aid signs
These types of signs are rectangular or square in shape with a white pictogram on a green background. They are used for general information purposes and can be found at fire exits, evacuation routes, and assembly points and also near first aid kits.
Do your employees know what these signs mean, and are they easily identifiable in your workplace? Test their knowledge using the information above!
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