Health and Safety Signs

Health and safety signs are essential for businesses and other organisations in order to comply with health & safety legislation at work. Health & safety signs are designed to warn of hazards and serious problems which may arise in a working environment, including the risk of falling objects and dangerous machinery, as well as providing guidance to employees about the safest routes to take in the workplace. These signs may also inform customers and visitors about the hazard being addressed by the company. This type of signage is used in many different industries and environments, including building maintenance, health & safety, engineering and manufacturing, construction and demolition.
The health & safety signs that are most commonly seen in the workplace are those that warn of hazards, such as the danger of sharp objects in the environment, as well as those that alert workers to the risk of hazardous gases and liquids. Hazard signs should be regularly inspected to ensure they continue to be effective. The inspectors will check that all signs have been properly placed and maintained. They may even visit the workplace to visually inspect the signs or carry out visual tests in various locations around the building. They may carry out an electrical safety sign inspection, chemical hazard sign test or even a gas detection sign inspection.
In the building industry, health and safety signs include safety signs for electrical appliances, such as fridges, radiators and fireplaces. There are also general signs advising of potential hazards in rooms where heavy equipment or machinery are situated. If there are any dangerous gases or substances present, it is advisable to mark them. For example, there may be general warnings advising of the presence of toxic gases or flammable liquids, but there may be some specific hazards signs to indicate the presence of high temperature flammable materials or compressed air.
Health and safety signage also includes warning signs about the presence of choking hazards in the workplace, such as overhangs, hanging posters and equipment which could cause serious injury. There may also be specific areas where general rules regarding safety apply, such as equipment not being supplied or directed towards staff, and signs cautioning against loose or hanging objects. The signs should be clear and easy to see, so that if anyone steps inside they know what they are looking at. This is particularly important in an office environment where many people spend a large amount of time on their computers.
Health and safety signs can also be used to alert people to potential hazards, or to notify them to safe procedures for doing work or following instructions. For example, there may be signs cautioning against cutting, splashing and general negligence around water features. There may also be signs discouraging the use of power tools, or indicating the need for high or low voltage electrical supplies. In some workplaces, there are health and safety signs to indicate the existence of hazardous chemicals, flammables and substances. There may be signs to warn people of noise exposure.
Where appropriate, health and safety signs should be displayed where people have no physical means of seeing them. This includes any warning posters, warning signs, and equipment that have to be kept within easy reach, such as dust bowers, power drills and power saws. This means that when they are required to be seen, they have to be seen well enough to convey the full meaning of the message. In this way, the use of health & safety signs is absolutely essential.