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Why Health & Safety Signs Are Must In Workplace?

Author : John B

Around the world businesses are looking to make the workplace safer for their employees. In this regard health & safety signs are something that you will be able to see all around you in your work place. Signs like Caution, Danger, Restricted Area, First Aid, Drinking Water and Fire Exit are among the common signs that you find in your work place. These health & safety signs are standardized to help you in the time of need. So even if you are a new entrant in any organization you can easily find your way through inside a work place.

Health signs such as No smoking or Smoking bays in any work place are common. But there are safety signs which are complex and used in very niche industries and difficult to remember. In such cases employers explain unfamiliar signs to employees to ensure they understand the meaning and actions to be taken in connection with them. It is mandatory for health & safety signs to contain a symbol or pictogram and be of a specified colour which clearly defines its meaning.

Most of the companies regularly conduct training for their employees on the various procedures and tasks on health and safety but having health & safety signage in offices and business parks helps employees in times of need. There are many industry variations when it comes to such signs and symbols – the health & safety signs in a construction site will be different from those that are in place in a dock. In this article we shall discuss the importance of health and safety signs in a workplace.

The laws relating to employment makes it mandatory for employers to display health & safety signs at work places for the benefits of the employees. In case these standard procedures aren't followed lawsuits can be filed against the employers in case of accidents.

Employers also need to keep their health and safety equipment up to date and in place. Equipment should help employees in times of need and day to day operations which is done by the proper usage of these signs.

Installing health & safety signage helps in creating awareness amongst the workers, so that no confusion arises at the time of crisis. This also ensures smooth operations of a business without much human interference.

These help workplaces which come into close contact with the general public. In cases of road excavation or scaffolding the general public is made aware of the scheduled work in progress reducing inconvenience and chances of accidents.

In large business organizations which see a lot of customers and clients visiting a project site or development centre these health & safety signage protect visitors against the imminent dangers that could otherwise go unnoticed.

These health & safety signs are beneficial for both the employers and the employee. It keeps the employer away from legal hurdles and helps the employees in day to day business and crisis situations. It is very important for the employers to conduct regular training programs to educate their employees on health & safety signs.

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Terry G is an expert on health & safety signs and works as a consultant for organizations installing these health & safety signage in workplace and training employees.

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