Safety Signage and the Workplace - What do they mean?
The purpose of having safety signage in the workplace is to identify and warn workers/visitors who may be exposed to potential hazards in the workplace. Signs can assist in the communication of important instructions, reinforce safety messages and provide instructions for emergency situations. The health and safety legislation means that all workplaces are obliged to use signs where practical to highlight a serious hazard or risk in the workplace.
Safety signs contain instructions that all people on site need to follow and comply with. Failure to comply with any safety signage constitutes either an offence at law, or is a breach of safety procedures or other directions the work site/place has instructed.
Signs that warn a particular hazard or hazardous condition is likely to be life-threatening. The sign is shown as a word Danger on a red oval over a black rectangle. Text is black on a white background.
Safety signs that warn of a hazard or hazardous condition that is not likely to be life threatening. The safety sign consists of a black triangle and icon on a yellow background with supporting black text is required.