Workplace safety is of the utmost importance in any industry, especially in critical industries where workers may be exposed to a wide range of hazards, including dangerous machinery, toxic chemicals, extreme temperatures, and more. In order to protect workers from these hazards, employers must implement comprehensive safety protocols and procedures. One key aspect of maintaining a safe work environment is the use of safety signs. These signs serve to alert workers to potential hazards and provide important instructions for avoiding accidents and injuries.
There are four main types of safety signs that are commonly used in the workplace, and in this article, we will explore what they are, the purpose they serve, and why they are so important.
The 4 main types of workplace safety signs:
According to HSE, safety signs and signals are required where a significant risk to the health and safety of employees and others remains. These signs should be clear and durable, among other compulsory requirements which we explored in our last workplace safety sign blog.
HSE also advises not to use too many different signs in the workplace, as this can cause confusion and sometimes pose a risk to personnel. Instead, it is advised workplaces use these four types of signs to display critical safety messages:
Prohibition signs are typically used to warn workers not to engage in certain activities that could be dangerous or pose a risk to their safety. Prohibition signs often feature a red circle with a diagonal slash through the middle, and a black pictogram or text message indicating the prohibited action. For example, a prohibition sign may show a pictogram of a match with a line through it with the message “No naked flames” to warn workers of a potentially explosive or flammable environment.