Safety Notices and Signs

Every day we pass safety signs and more often than not we are on autopilot and don’t take too much notice of them. Give Way, Stop, Wash Hands are all fairly common, but why are they there? The purpose of having safety signage in the workplace, and in society, is to identify and warn people that they may be in an area which can leave them exposed to one or more hazards. Safety signs can assist in the communication of important instructions, often through colours and/or images instead of words. These are used to reinforce safety messages and provide instruction for emergency situations. All of our worksites are different, we encourage you to take the time on each occasion you find yourself in a new work are, new location or completing a new task to take note of any safety signs in the area, understand what they mean and how you should interact with the environment around them. It also pays to check and make sure those around you are also aware of the requirements these safety signs are pointing out.

Please take the time to read the Safety Signs Tool Box Talk, it provides some example of signs you may recognise and some you don’t.