Health and safety regulations require employers to put up safety signs in their workplaces, but this isn’t the only reason to do it. Safety signs can help your business to effectively prepare for emergencies, potentially preventing real disaster and even loss of life.
Fire safety signs
If a fire should break out at your workplace, your employees need to know:
- Where the emergency exits and fire escape routes are – to point people in a clear, safe direction, fire exit signs in case of emergencies are essential
- Where fire fighting equipment can be found and how to operate it
- Where fire alarms are and how to activate them
Fire safety signs clearly highlight fire exits, escape routes, fire extinguishers, fire alarms and fire doors. Seton recommends incorporating many fire safety signs as part of a comprehensive fire safety plan. Employers should ensure that workers understand all fire safety signs and what they mean, as well as where to go and what to do if a fire should break out.
Warning signs are amongst the most important safety signs there are. These signs help people to avoid dangerous areas, activities and behaviours, substances and materials. Along with informative workplace signage, this can prevent serious and potentially fatal injuries, as well as fires, explosions and significant damage to property.
First aid signs
Imagine if someone was to fall seriously ill or become injured at your workplace. Not only do you need to have a trained first aider to hand, but you also need to put up first aid signs to let everyone know where first aid supplies are kept. If it isn’t clear where these life-saving supplies are to be found, the injured or ill person’s life could be at risk.
In order to be effective in an emergency, all safety signs need to be placed in highly visible areas. They need to clearly instruct or inform, as well as highlighting risks.