Health and safety: the importance of effective signageJuly 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:
- Aware of potential dangers and hazards
- Equipped with the required protective equipment
- Prevented from accessing restricted areas
- Informed of necessary actions in emergency situations.
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:
- Thoroughly planning the design, message/content and optimal placement of signage (taking into account lighting, environment, viewing distance, material and style)
- Appropriately identifying hazards and clearly setting out the desired response
- Removing any irrelevant signage and checking existing signs for wear & tear and visibility
- Placing signs close to the hazard and at a level where they can be easily seen.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.