As an owner of a construction company, you have many different responsibilities to your employees. You have to protect them, inform them, warn them and instruct them.
Because you're busy running your company, you can't always be there to do that. That's the job of your safety officer, but not even he can't be everywhere at once.
And that's why safety signs are so important. But do you know which seven different kinds of safety signs you should have on your construction site?
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.
The seven kinds of safety signs all construction sites needs
Prohibition signs mean that you don't allow your employees to do something. The typical shape is a red circle on a white background with a diagonal red slash through it.
Mandatory signs indicate you expect your employees to do something.
The shape is a blue circle with a white pictograph.
Restriction signs place a limit on an activity or use of equipment. It's normally a red circle with a black picture a white background and any text in black.
Warning signs warn of a workplace hazard that isn't likely to be life threatening. It's typically shape is a black triangle with a yellow background and a picture in the middle.
Danger signs warn about a particular workplace hazard that's likely to be life threatening. Their shape is the word DANGER in white on a red oval, with a black rectangle surrounding it.
General information signs indicate the location of, or direction to, emergency related facilities such as exits or first aid equipment. The background is green and the picture is white.
Fire signs are pictures which must be red with a white background.
The next question is do you know all the places on your construction site safety signs must be?
Is your construction site compliant with all of the newly amended construction regulations?
When the DoL comes to inspect every last detail of your site, will you be confident that everything from your scaffolding to your Health and Safety file is compliant with ALL 26 of it's regulations?
Now you can be!
The places you need safety signs on your construction sight
• Areas that have fire-fighting equipment and first aid kits;
• Areas of high voltage or electrical risks; and
• Areas where fires, explosions or spills could take place.
So make sure you have the right sign in the right place to comply with OHS regulations. It's the only way to ensure you really are doing everything you need to do to keep your employees safe.