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Safety signs: What are your legal obligations?

by , 01 November 2013
You have to make use of safety signs to identify and communicate hazards in your workplace. This is just one of your legal obligations when it comes to safety signs. Read on to find out what the others are so you can comply...

There are certain legal obligations you have to meet when it comes to safety signs.

Do you know what these requirements are?

Revealed: Your four legal obligations for safety signs

As mentioned, you, as an employer are required to inform employees and visitors of potential risks and hazards on your site.

Safety signs are a good way to communicate these risks and hazards.

'You're required to make use of a combination of signs, symbolic signs, markings and colour in conjunction with other control measures,' says the Health & Safety Advisor. These are the four legal obligations you must stick to.

To do that, make sure you use the following five types of safety signs in your workplace.

And don't forget, your safety signs must be clearly visible even from a distance!

Essentially, a poster of the signage you use on your site must be where every person entering the site can see what hazards they may be exposed to.

You must place safety signs against a contrasting background so it'll stand out and clear any obstructions such as stacking of obstacles or materials. Also, keep safety signs clean and well illuminated.

There's even more to safety signs...

Site hazard and risk safety signs must be part of your induction training process as well. You must ensure all your employees and contractors are familiar with the meaning of safety signs.

Now that you know your legal obligations for safety signs, make sure you comply with all of them.



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