With more organizations using a standardized collection of warning labels known as the Globally Harmonized System (GHS), we’ve seen a dramatic improvement in workplace safety over the last few years. Safety signs play an important role in preventing injuries and are critical to workplace safety. However, they can do more than inform workers of any potential hazard and the precautions to be taken. From way-finding signs to biohazard labels, warning signs can provide the following hidden benefits.
1. Way-finding signage
Although way-finding signs are designed to help shuttle users from one point to another,.safety messages can benefit anyone who is navigating a facility.
• Way-finding signs can steer users clear of hazardous areas by informing them of alternate routes. These signs can help improve workplace safety by warning users of slippery surfaces or places littered with heavy-duty machinery.
• Way-finding signs can point out lifesaving equipment such as fire extinguishers, outline emergency routes and help send users to fire exits during emergencies.
2. Arc flash safety signs
biohazard labels will provide guidance on how to mitigate potential dangers and promote safe work practices. With such signs, users can easily identify which types of personal protective equipment must be worn under certain conditions or in a given area.
4. Equipment maintenance signage
Industrial machines require routine inspection, maintenance, and repair services. Safety signs can help keep your workers safe around any equipment that requires servicing. Here’s how:
• Lockout or tag-out signs: Apart from informing your workers of ongoing lockout or tag-out (LO/TO) procedures, these labels will let your employees know when a specific machine needs LO/TO before servicing.
• Specific hazards: These labels can warn workers about the unique dangers of a specific machine such as the risks posed by high air pressure or the equipment’s moving parts. In such cases, your employees are likely to take appropriate measures before they begin work.
• Instructions: These labels can serve as reminders, ensuring your employees read directions and check oil or fuel levels before they start work, and shut off machines before servicing.