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Discuss The Importance Of Health & Safety Signs

Author : John B

Whether it is your home or workplace you can't ignore the paramount of safety. As the old saying goes; safety always comes first and therefore health & safety signs play a significant role in our lives. Health & safety signs warn one of probable danger and also prompt to take necessary precautions. The safety signs are design to keep only one thing in mind, which is to keep you safe.

Importance of health & safety signs

Safety signs are now very common in use. You can find them roadside, shopping malls, industrial areas, airports, railway stations and even in your office. Although the safety sign don't indicate an immediate danger, they serve the purpose of warning passer-by.

The safety signs are such devised so that everyone can understand the meaning easily and therefore, often these have pictorial representation recognised by international authorities. Hence, the fire safety signs are standard across the globe and even when you can't understand the local language you can identify the sign without any difficulty.

The safety signs not only warn against dangers but offer safety directions as well, such as- signs hanging in front of fire exit or sings offering first aid messages. Health & safety signs may also carry instructions regarding safety equipment and safety measures, like the one you can find in work areas involving hazardous chemicals. Chemical hazard warning signs often foretell one of safety hazards involved in dealing with hazardous chemicals and carry clear instructions on how to react if a situation arises. In a word, the safety signs serve the dual purpose of warning people and spreading safety awareness.

The health and safety signs are now so much commonplace that we have come to recognise them even at the first glance. The safety signs are designed maintaining the international standard and some of these signs are constant across the globe.

Installing safety sings in your workplace

Safety signs are increasingly in use in industrial work sheds and commercial places alike. Hence, you might need them yourself as well. While purchasing health & safety signs, you need to make sure that they comply with the standard set by the regulatory body. The size of the sign, font and colour should meet the internationally set standard. If it’s of pictorial representation, the picture needs to be drawn correctly, in proper colour, violation of which may even trigger legal action against you.

To find the right vendor for your safety sings, you therefore need to do your homework. While shopping around for health & safety signs vendor, don't restrict your choice only to price factor. But you focus should be on ensuring the quality of the product. Often these safety signs are legal requirement and violation in this regard can affect your future business prospects. Hence, you must ensure that safety signs are properly installed in the right places.

Along with installing the safety signs it may also become important to create awareness amongst the workers, so that no confusion arises at the time of crisis. If you are installing a new safety sign in your work area, make sure that the workers are given clear instructions about it.

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Terry G is a safety consultant with more than two decades of experience in designing and installing health & safety signs , fire safety signs and chemical hazard warning signs in public and private places. He is a Fire Protection Engineer by education.

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