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Safety signs are vital when your work carries any kind of hazard or risk to employees or the public.  They create awareness of potential dangers that come from your work, and are a cheap and effective way of doing so.  These signs can be used for different reasons, and this blog post will tell you how to effectively use safety signs.

 They should be used in:

  • Areas that feature a risk of injury, including a risk of falling objects or uneven ground.
  • Areas where machinery like forklift trucks or mobile cranes may be used.
  • Areas where PPE should be worn.
  • Areas where dangerous chemicals may be featured, such as toxic chemicals or flammable materials.
  • Areas where hazards may not be obvious at first, such as radiation or irritating chemicals/vapours.
  • Areas where asbestos is confirmed, suspected, or has recently been removed from.

How to make them effective:

  • Simple language – in just a few words people can be alerted to danger. Unless necessary, you don’t need to expand on an issue.
  • Colours – this will make your signs stand out in a busy workplace.
  • The right place – the sign needs to be near the hazard, so that you can’t forget about it.
  • Distance – your sign must be visible from a distance so that people are prepared for the hazard at hand.
  • Images – symbols and diagrams are a great way to support your words. This works for non-English speakers who may not understand signs with words on.
  • Understanding – your employees must be able to understand your signs, so make sure that new staff are informed of what they mean and what they should do when they see one.

Hopefully this has given you an idea of how to effectively use safety signs on site, and you are prepared to keep your workplace as safe as possible! For more great tips and tricks around construction, check out the rest of our blog.