Safety Signs Keep Workers Safe

Safety signs aren’t posted in the workplace just to look pretty. Their location and content are there to keep workers safe. Not taking the time to post safety signs visibly and in the correct locations could spell disaster for your employees and serious consequences for you. The law requires you to train your workers on all identification systems you use.  Here are a few basic tips that will make sure your workers spot the safety signs.

THE LAW
THE LAW

Each province has its rules. The best place to start is to understand your province’s Occupational Health & Safety Act in addition to WHMIS for what your legal requirements are.

COLOUR
COLOUR

While there is no legislation requiring the use of colour in the workplace, colour provides a clear indicator of a potential hazard or hazardous material. Remember, colours have meanings that aren’t consistent across the board.

HAZARD SIGNS
HAZARD SIGNS

Think of a stoplight when considering hazard signs: Red indicates STOP, a definite hazard, Yellow indicates caution, a potential hazard, and Green indicates safe conditions.

PIPE UP
PIPE UP

When dealing with pipes: Red indicates fire-quenching materials, Green indicates non-hazardous liquids, Blue indicates non-hazardous gases and Yellow indicates materials that are hazardous by nature.

TAG IT
TAG IT

As mentioned, pipes could contain hazardous materials so mark them with appropriate coloured pipe markers and use WHMIS symbols if it is a controlled product.

TEXT ISN’T ALWAYS BEST
TEXT ISN’T ALWAYS BEST

Use text signs only when there is no appropriate symbol available. Visual cues (such as colour, shape and symbols) communicate without a language barrier. If you must use text, keep it simple, bold and never use cursive handwriting.

DISPLAY
DISPLAY

Like a piece of fine art hanging in a gallery, signs need to be visible, away from clutter and obstructions and, of course, well lit so workers can see the warning and the hazard.

RULE OF 3
RULE OF 3

Never use more than 3 symbols in the same location.

DIRECTIONAL SIGNS
DIRECTIONAL SIGNS

Arrows or directional signs should not only be posted wherever the direction isn’t obvious but also posted at eye level for everyone to see

MAINTENANCE
MAINTENANCE

Keep signs in good condition, change confusing signs, replace worn or out-dated signs. Make sure there are no sharp corners or splinters.

Trackbacks

  1. […] a hazard can not be designed out of the workplace, then the employer should consider developing effective warning signs to alert and remind workers of the […]

Speak Your Mind

*