Safety Signs and their purpose:
Safety signs are the key to safety in any workplace, promoting safe work practices with ease. The main idea of the safety signs is to ensure the safety of your employees. As we know, a lot of accidents happen in the workplace, and some can be life-threatening. Signs are designed to reduce the likelihood of injuries by creating visual communication to portray safety messages.
What are the six types of safety signs?
The general prohibition sign, this is a common sign that you would come across, basically meaning “Do Not” this sign is a universal sign and can be used in many circumstances, such as in warehouses or factories, whilst creating your own “Do Not” instruction. This is an effective sign layout as most people know the meaning of it and can follow the rule without issue. They help safety in the workplace as they can instruct to not walk in a specific area where heavy machinery or moving forklifts are, etc.
We have: No smoking (FM10), keep aisles clear(EWM02)
The mandatory sign is very firm, meaning you must obey. For example, the more commonly used in recent years would be the face mask sign, which strictly instructs you to wear a face mask, and there would be issues if you didn’t follow along. These signs are also helpful within the workplace or factories, such as if a job requires gloves. You can display a sign to ensure your employees are equipped for the job and that it is done safely.
We have: social distance please stand here(SMF01), Social distancing (FM14), temperature checking station(FM16), face mask must be worn (FM17) STOP (FM12)
Using warning signs is one of the most important when used in a workplace. These basically indicate potential hazards and hazardous areas to make it apparent to your employees so they can go about the area with caution. Hazard signs are commonly triangle in shape and a bright yellow color making them clearly visible to people, and it stands out in comparison to other sign shapes and colors attracting the most attention.
Ear protection required(FM02), hardhat area (FM09), safety workwear(FM11) please keep safe distance(FM15), floor slippery when wet(EWM05), Pedestrian traffic(EWM07)
Danger signs have nearly identical features to the warning sign, but why? Well, they both share a similar purpose and that is marking a very dangerous area strictly instructing people to stay away as it will be an unsafe area for them to be in. having these two signs in the same format will ensure that they stand out from the rest and the message its portraying is much more important than other signage.
We have: Danger (FM01), Forklift crossing(FM08),
Emergency information signs
You will be familiar with emergency information signs. These are green in color and mark areas where you can get assistance if you are injured, lost, or requiring aid. They can also be very informative, giving directions such as a fire exit or direction arrows in case of a fire breaking loose to guide you to safety. Once again this is another signage type that is mandatory in a workplace to ensure your employees know what to do in case of a fire and exactly where to go to get them to safety
We have: Emergency exit (FM03), Exits this way (FM04), First aid(FM07) and eyewash station(EWM18)
fire signs work alongside the emergency information signs portraying similar messages relating to safety if there is a fire and places to go to. Fire signs are also used to show where fire alarms and fire extinguishers are located. In most circumstances, they have a list of information on what to do if there is a fire to make sure you are dealing with it in the correct way.
We have: Fire exit (FM05), Fire extinguisher do not block (FM06),
This is our custom floor signs option which allows you to portray any written or printed message you want by getting your piece of paper and displaying it front side up below our cover. The cover is transparent, allowing people to read the signs clearly, but it also has firm adhesion so that once it’s placed, it won’t get lifted off easily.
We hope this blog has made the differences in signage clear to you and you now understand the importance of them and how each one can be used in different circumstances.