Safety signs are an essential part of any workplace safety programme. They offer an effective way to highlight occupational hazards and safe practices, whilst representing a key element of any responsible business’s health and safety strategy.
However, some common mistakes can make safety signs less effective, cause workers to either miss a sign completely, or misinterpret them. At best, this can lead to confusion, but at worst causes a danger with greater risk of employees suffering an accident.
In this article, we highlight three common mistakes with safety signs and how you can avoid them for a safer workplace.
1. Putting safety signs in the wrong place
One of the easiest and most frequent mistakes made when it comes to safety signs comes with placement. Understanding the best place to put your signage is essential and can make a world of difference to its effectiveness.
In some cases, signs designed to communicate vital safety information end up too high to see without specifically looking for it. At other times, the sign will be fixed in a location that is easily blocked by other surrounding items, obscuring the employee’s view.
Another placement related issue involves the use of signs in poorly lit areas. Without an illuminated sign, you’re unlikely to deliver any real benefit in darker locations.
The solution to this problem? It’s fairly straightforward. When placing a sign, think about where it’s easily visible to the workers that need to see it. Don’t place it too high, nor too low, and make sure it’s securely fixed so that it won’t get knocked down.