Here at Industroquip we are often asked, what do all the different colours, symbols and titles of safety signs mean? So in this article we look at the common safety signs in Australian workplaces and what they mean.
What is a Safety Sign?
A safety sign is one which gives a specific message to those who may be exposed to hazards in the workplace, they may be to prevent accidents, signify health hazards, indicate the location of emergency and safety equipment or to give guidance and instruction in an emergency situation.
The primary importance of displaying safety signs is to prevent injury and ensure visitors and staff alike are well aware of possible hazards and dangers in specific situations or environments.Safety Signs also provide the neccessary direction in times of crisis which helps protect employees and property owners from legal difficulties if an accident was to occur.
Many dangers can often go unnoticed in your workplace or facility particularly with visitors and members of the public that may visit your site.
Industroquip Safety & Signage has a huge range of safety signs available to you to help create a safe, well identified workplace or facility. All Industroquip Safety Signs are manufactured here in Australia to meet Australian Standards and also withstand the harsh Australian weather conditions for many years.
Danger Signs have the word 'DANGER' inside a red oval which is inside a black rectangle. Sign text is in black text on a white background.
Danger Signs in Australia warn of hazards and/or hazardous conditions that are likely to be life threatening.
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Warning Signs in Australia are yellow background with black text and have a large triangle around the hazard symbol.
Warning Signs warn of hazardous conditions that are not likely to be life threatening.
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Emergency Signs in Australia have a green background with white text.
Emergency Signs direct employees and visitors to emergency assembly points or first aid equipment for example eyewash units, first aid kits.
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Prohibition signs in Australia are to specify actions and/ or behaviours that are not permitted in your workplace or facility, Prohibition Signs are easily recognised by their large red circle with a red slash across it. Prohibition Sign text is in black on a white background.
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AS 1319:1994 is an Australian standard that outlines the need to devise and implement safety signs in a work environment to ensure safe workplace behaviour and practices and hazards prevention.