18th of May 2010 1
Safety signs are largely associated with legal requirements rather than providing any practical purpose. In fact, some signs become so well known that we often ignore the true message underneath, so why is there still such a pressure for employers to ensure they have adequate signage throughout the workplace?
Actually, safety signs play a real practical role in preventing injury and ensuring staff are aware of the dangers and hazards awaiting them at given points in the workplace. Without them, many employees would lack essential direction in times of crisis, and employers might find themselves in significant legal difficulties if any accidents were to arise as a result.
Safety signs are often seen as part of the bureaucratic process rather than a practically important safety tool. But this isn’t necessarily the case. Safety signs can provide an initial warning to staff as to dangers. Imagine the scenario of a construction site. A new employee on his first day is unaware of the various dangers of a construction environment, yet finds no signage to guide him through his employment. This is simply a minefield of danger, and without safety signs in place, that employee would be very lucky to remain safe throughout the course of his first day. In environments where danger lurks around every corner, having adequate and clear safety signs can help advise staff of the pending dangers and ultimately instil caution when it is required most.
Safety signs are also of great importance in workplaces which come into close contact with the general public. Where workman are employed in a road excavation, or in a scaffolding project, it is crucial to ensure that no harm is caused to the general public during the efforts. One way to help best ensure this is by employing clear safety signs to warn the public to exercise caution as they go. This helps keep the employer out of trouble as well as acting as a safeguard for the public, allowing a smoother interaction between dangerous employment environments and the ordinary thoroughfare.
Safety signs might not seem the most interesting topic of conversation, but they really are essential in the fight against danger and risk in the workplace. By ensuring your workplace is sufficiently well signed, you can help protect the staff and visitors to the site, particularly members of the public, against the imminent dangers that could otherwise go unnoticed, leading to less industrial accidents and helping to reduce the risk to employees and ordinary people.
Not only through living up to legal requirements, the positioning of safety signs in the workplace can be of critical importance in ensuring a healthy and safe workforce for increased productivity without the misfortune and hassle of staff injury and legal proceedings. As an employee, safety signs are the first port of call in response to any injury, be it to staff or the general public, and they can also help create a safer environment for both groups where danger meets everyday life, such as city-centre construction sites and excavations.