Health and safety: the importance of effective signage

July 9, 2018

Good communication is critical for both property owners and tenants in ensuring workplace safety. Signage is a key element, which is often overlooked. Effective signage should stop workers and visitors in their tracks and ensure they are:

 

Achieving effective signage is more complex than just putting a sign up somewhere. Irrelevant, cluttered or poor condition signs can confuse the message or result in it being ignored. Some factors to consider include:

 

Safety signage should be part of all workplace health and safety plans, with signage regularly reviewed to ensure it is fit for purpose along with all other aspects of workplace safety. The Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1319:1994 sets out the use of safety signs to regulate and control safety procedures and warn of hazards.

For more information, please contact Anita Brosnan, MHP Project & Compliance Manager: abrosnan@mhpl.co.nz.