All business owners must look for ways to reduce the chance of an accident happening on their premises. One of the best ways to do this is with the use of hazard signs. These signs quickly inform people of hazards in the area and how they can stay safe at all times.
Workplace accidents can be devastating for everybody involved. As a business owner, you must take action to protect your employees, visitors and members of the public from harm. Trips hazards, slippery surfaces, high voltages, dangerous chemicals and hot surfaces are just a few of the common hazards that you will see in a variety of different industries.
It can be difficult to manage these hazards and stop incidents from occurring, but one of the quickest and most affordable ways to do this is with the use of hazard signs. The Health & Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations act, 1997 covers the use of these signs and they are a great way to quickly communicate important messages about staying safe in the area. The yellow signs use bold black text and pictograms to communicate their message - these signs can work on a subconscious level similar to road signs.
Here are a few of the more common types of hazard sign that you see in the workplace:
• Danger Hot - A Danger Hot sign gives warning for any surface or item that is hot to touch and could cause harm. These are most commonly seen in businesses where people cook food but could appear in other industries too.
• Electrical Hazard - You should place this sign at anyplace with a risk of electric shock.
• Danger High Voltage - Similarly, you should place this sign anywhere with a high voltage to stop people from shocking themselves. Often, these areas are caged off, but a sign will give added warning.
• Warning Beware of the Step - Many businesses have unexpected steps and uneven flooring. You will get used to this, but visitors to the site could fall and injure themselves. These signs give a warning and should stop any accidents from occurring.
• Caution Mind Your Head - Similarly, you may have low entry points where people could hit their head. Avoid this scenario with one of these signs in a highly visible position.
• Caution Wet Floor - Slipping on wet floors is one of the most common accidents in the workplace. These often occur when the cleaner is mopping, so provide warning with a sign or cone so that people can avoid the area or tread carefully.
• Caution Hot Water - If your taps are very hot, it is important to warn people with one of these signs so that they do not burn themselves.
• Dangerous Chemicals - If you work with dangerous chemicals, you must give warning of where these are located so that people can be careful in the area.
Hazard signs are important in any industry and are a cheap and easy way to improve safety awareness. Accidents are often avoidable in the workplace and the above signs could save somebody from a nasty incident.