The responsibility of maintaining a safe workplace falls to the employers and the employees as well. And one of the ways this is done is by the use of safety signs. In addition to choosing the right signs, you have to know where to locate them to get the maximum impact. There are a few things you can do to narrow this down.
You need to carry out
A hazard assessment of the workplace so that you understand all the potential risks. This can be chemicals, machinery etc. It is best to work with professionals in order to carry out this assessment and to identify areas where there are hazards. This will give you an idea of the type of sign needed. Visibility is the main priority when placing hazard signage. Some of the factors you need to consider for this will be potential obstructions that can affect the view and lighting conditions of the locations. You need to have the hazard signs visible at different distances and angles. If there are any objects or equipment in the way, you need to revise the location for the sign. The colours used in the sign will also have a big impact on visibility. There are guidelines for colours so that you can ensure maximum readability. There should be clear fonts and high contrast colours. The signs should also be positioned at eye level so that anybody can quickly spot them and understand the message.
There should be consistency when it comes to signage.
There are certain recognised standards worldwide where there are established conventions you have to follow when it comes to colours and symbols. So even if you don’t understand the language, you will have no problem understanding the message conveyed by the sign as a result of the graphics or symbols used along with colours. The consistency in symbols and colours allow for quick interpretation of the signs. The signage should also be placed in close proximity to the hazards. For example, there can be a wet floor in the workplace. The sign for wet floor should then be located at the entrance to the affected area so that an immediate warning is provided. This will give a person spotting the sign to take precautionary action well in advance such as changing their course or being more careful.
You need to consider
The language used for hazard signs especially when it comes to a diverse workplace. In addition to text, you have to use symbols and pictograms to bridge the language barrier. You will also need to review the hazard signs regularly and make certain changes as needed. For example, the inspections should check whether the signage is in good condition, visible and is still applicable. This will help maintain the effectiveness of the system. There has to be training provided to employees so that they understand the meaning for different types of hazard signs. They should be taught the importance of following safety regulations and protocols. And let them know the importance of reporting if any signs on the workplace are missing, damaged or if the messaging is unclear.
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