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Do you have safety signs in all 12 of these areas? Make sure you do to avoid penalties

by , 12 May 2014
You're legally required to inform employees and visitors to your site of possible workplace risks. The best way to do this is to display the correct safety signs. So where should you put these safety signs? Read on to discover the 12 areas the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) says you must put safety signs.


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It's a legal requirement. You must identify hazards and assess risks in your company

Do you know how to compile a risk assessment?

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To avoid penalties, make sure these 12 areas have safety signs

The Health & Safety Advisor outlines 12 areas of your company that should have safety signs:

#1: Areas that have fire-fighting equipment and first aid kits. You must have signs that point where the equipment and first aid kit is.

#2: Dangerous areas. You must have warning or caution signs here.

#3: Areas where you want to inform people of something. You must put up information/general signs here.

#4: Areas where certain actions are prohibited (prohibitory signs).

#5: Areas of high voltage or electrical risks (shock warnings);

#6: Areas where employees need to protect themselves from hazards and wear PPE (mandatory signs)

#7: You must have safety signs in ears where you store flammables, solvents, acids and other chemicals;

#8: Areas where pedestrians and driven machinery, such as forklifts, work in the same area;

#9: Areas where fires, explosions or spills could take place (fire hazard areas);

#10: You must have signs to point out the location and direction to emergency exits and stairways, emergency assembly points, spill kits and ablution areas (toilets, showers, wash areas) etc;

#11: Designated parking areas or pedestrian walking areas; and

#12: Areas where employees do hazardous work, such as welding, torch cutting and grinding.

Warning! If you fail to put up safety signs in these areas, you'll face penalties. Keep reading to find out what they are…

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Your 1 527 health and safety duties as an employer

When was the last time you checked what disinfecting agents and cleaning materials your company uses?

Do you comply with the Hazardous Chemical Regulations?

There are over 1 500 items you must evaluate in your workplace according to the OHS Act and hundreds more from SABS 0400: National Building regulations.

Health and safety laws apply to EVERY company, if you have more than 20 employees you have even greater obligations.

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The penalties for failing to put up safety signs are as follows

If you fail to put safety signs in these areas, you'll face a fine or, worse, go to jail for six months. Since that's a risk you can't afford to take, make sure you place safety signs in the 12 areas we've outlined.

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