Signs are important in health and safety and whilst a good behavioural safety strategy is needed to ensure they are read and complied with, having them is also important from a compliance perspective.
A health and safety sign is any sign that is used to convey information about the safety of a given area or item. Some of the most recognisable examples include:
Hard hat area signage
Wet floor signage
Suspended loads signs
They are used to convey the danger of a certain situation or sometimes to provide a reminder for when workers need to wear the correct PPE. The different types of health and safety signs all have their different designs and colours which are used to help differentiate them from one another
1. Mandatory signs (Blue)
Mandatory health and safety signs signal the need for certain behaviours. It conveys information that you must comply with to be safe. These signs must be blue and usually have a white symbol on a blue background. They are often used to notify those of the need to use PPE.
2. Fire safety signs (Red)
Fire safety signs provide emergency information on the escape route needed in the event of a fire. These health and safety signs can also provide information on areas that may be susceptible to res. The law that requires that these health and safety signs are red.
3. Prohibition signs (Red)
Prohibition signs are used to signify the prohibition of a certain act or event. These health and safety signs are required to be red. Prohibition signs show workers what they cannot do in a workplace and usually have a black safety symbol within a red crossed circle.
4. Emergency escape/first aid sign (Green)
Emergency escape and first aid signs are used to show information which indicates a safe escape route or the route to first aid facilities. These health and safety signs are required to be green, and usually have a white symbol on a green background.
5. Warning signs (Yellow)
These health and safety signs are used to show a specific danger that may be present within a workplace. They can indicate a general hazard/danger and are sometimes known as hazard/caution signs. These health and safety signs need to be yellow/amber and are usually characterised by a black symbol on a yellow background.
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