Essential Safety Signs All Businesses Need

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Essential Safety Signs All Businesses Need

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Running a company and building authority in the industry entail different factors such as keeping  employees safe and joining a club for networking. And whether it’s an office or a factory, this means reaching out to other businesses in the same sector and training people on the most important aspects of workplace safely. With a reputable business club, this can be easy. But when it comes to occupational health and safety, you have to be aware that it’s not always easy for people to remember all the rules. This is why placing safety signs at work  is part of the health and safety regulations. By having clear, well-placed signs, you can warn people of potential hazards, as well as advising them on what to do in an emergency situation.

Here are a few of the signs that are mandatory in most work environments and can help members of your team safe:

Sign for safety information

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Health and safety law posters

This A2 size poster is mandatory in business premises in the UK, and you’ll no doubt have seen it many times, perhaps, without even acknowledging it. However, it has essential information about your responsibilities, and those of your employee are, as well as what they can do if there is a problem. Display it somewhere prominent such as the lobby or the pantry to ensure it’ll get noticed.

Road signs

If you have staff and visitors driving by your site  or have work vehicles coming and going, then it’s essential to have proper signage. You should get a professional to identify hazards on your site who have the expertise to choose the right road signs. This way, accidents can be avoided such as over speeding and hazards on the road

Probationary signs

There are many things around the workplace that can put people at risk if overlooked. This is where probationary signs become  essential as they can give  clear indication of actions or practices that need to be avoided.  These signs are a round shape with a diagonal line, with a black and white pictogram to clearly show what is not permitted. These can include:

no smoking signs

This is the easiest way to communicate to people about danger without having to come up with your own signs. These warnings are suffice to inform, even going beyond language barriers.

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Mandatory signs

Mandatory signs often bright blue in colour, with a clear illustration of what needs to be done before entering  a site. These are especially popular in industrial areas where certain safety equipment needs to be worn such as:

By having a clear sign close to the entrance, you can be sure that anyone entering the site will immediately know what they need to wear to keep safe and be reminded  to follow set instructions.

Emergency signs

Nobody likes to think of an incident such as a fire or injuries occurring in the workplace, but it’s crucial to be prepared from such situations. With hundreds of deaths by fire every year, it’s  important to ensure that people know where  to go for safety if one should break out in the workplace. This is why it’s imperative to have green fire escape signs that are clear and strategically posted throughout the building.

First aid signs are also a must for emergency situations and  should be clearly marked and easily found. If your business is dealing with chemicals, see to it that there are eye wash stations and special burns kits are available and easily found as well.

By using clear, brightly coloured signs, it’s much easier to direct people around the workplace, and this will help you to prevent accidents, as well as helping your employees should any problems occur. And with proper connections and good practices, you not only secure your finances but also keep your employees and clients safe.

Thomas SmithAuthor Bio: Thomas Smith is a writer and currently works on a freelance basis for Archer Signs and Panels Ltd., specialist suppliers of safety and traffic signs to the construction industry and the public sector in the UK.


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