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How Safety Signs Help Protect Your Workers

Safety in the workplace is vital to the health of employees and the efficiency of overall productivity of a company. The US Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide a workplace free from recognized safety hazards that may cause death or serious injury to a person. Therefore, it is the employers' responsibility to protect his or her employees and premises with the most effective health and safety solutions. One way to do this is to properly utilize safety signs.

           Safety signs are a part of everyday life. They are not just mandatory requirements under federal and state laws, but are also major protection and accident prevention tools that protect your workforce. They play a big role in ensuring workers are aware of the dangers and hazards in the workplace. Businesses are required to display proper safety signs in key workplace locations.

There are numerous safety signs available on the market that is intended for one use or another.  Some signs are simply posters that are designed to provide important information to workers, so that they will know the proper methods of certain duties and responsibilities. Other signs are intended to be temporarily displayed when areas are being cleaned such as a cleaning stand that displays a warning that a floor may be wet.  Each of these signs addresses a specific danger in the workplace and the areas where these dangers are must have the corresponding safety sign displayed correctly.

Below are some examples of essential safety signs in the workplace:

1.               Prohibition Signs. These tell people at work what they should not do in the office. Examples of this are “No Smoking" or “No Eating".

2.               First Aid Kit & Fire Extinguisher Signs. Every workplace is required to have a fire extinguisher. That fire extinguisher must be easily accessible, and made visible with the help of these signs, for use of anyone in case of any emergency.

3.               Mandatory Signs. These signs must be strictly followed to accomplish certain tasks. An example would be “Wear Protective Gear before Entering".

4.               Caution Signs. These signs inform people, helping them to be aware and careful in the tasks they are doing that may expose them to hazards. Examples are “ Caution: Wet Floor" or Caution: Hazardous Wastes".

5.               Bilingual Signs. These signs contain warnings, reminders and other information that are written in two languages. It is required by the U.S. Department of Labor in places where some workers may not be fluent with English.

Safety signs help make people become aware of the hazards in any workplace, keeping them on guard and reminding them to control their actions to avoid the hazard. They are the quickest and direct form of communication between management and the employees. Potential danger can be prevented with the correct information shared with the right people at the right time with these signs. They help create a safer environment for everyone in the workplace, ensuring a healthy workforce and increasing productivity. Not only that, they also comply with OSHA, federal and state regulations.

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