Workplace Safety Signs

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Is your workplace up to standard when it comes to displaying the correct safety signage?

 

Australian and New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 1319:1994 has very detailed guidelines around correct artwork to classify as a compliant workplace safety sign. These guidelines are broken down into multiple categories that must account for every hazard that is present in your workplace.

 


 

 

 

Danger Signs - Hazards that can KILL you.

Any hazard that can cause life-threatening injuries or can potentially be fatal, a compliant danger sign must be displayed where appropriate around the workplace. The word 'DANGER' and the red oval inside a black box must be displayed to the exact dimensions and colour outlined in the AS/NZS 1319:1994.

 

 

 

 

 

Warning Signs - Hazards that can HURT you.

Any hazard that has the potential to cause any level of non-life threatening physical harm must be accompanied by compliant danger sign within the immediate vicinity. Warning signs are easily recognizable with a black triangle with an image of the hazard inside on top of a yellow background sign.

 

 

 

 

 

Prohibition Signs - Things you CAN'T do.

Use these signs when you want to tell employees/visitors what they aren't allowed to do. A universally understood image with a red circle around and a red diagonal line through indicates what is generally not allowed. It should be displayed up front and large so there is no misunderstanding.

 

 

 

 

Mandatory Signs - Things you MUST do.

A Mandatory sign is used to tell employees/visitors what they have to abide by on site. Usually used to instruct what PPE must be worn or what simple tasks must be performed, They are easily seen with a large blue circle with easy to understand symbolism accompanied by clear instructions underneath.

 

 

 

 

Emergency & Fire Signs - Things that will SAVE you.

In case of an emergency, these signs help guide employees to an area that can provide safety equipment or a safe way to the exit. The white text on a green background is a universal indication of safety equipment / first aid kit / fire exit etc. While a red background on a sign will indicate the location of a fire extinguisher.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Different Signage Materials we Print on...

 

 


 

 

PVC

Polyvinyl Chloride is a rigid plastic and is our most popular materials. The PVC is great for indoor and outdoor use as it has resistance to cracking.
Our PVC is 1.5mm thick and comes in various sizes:
400 x 180mm, 230 x 300mm, 300 x 450mm, 400 x 600 mm

 

 


 

CORFLUTE

Corflute is manufactured from 3.3mm corrugated plastic and is very lightweight, yet durable.
It is ideal for short-term outdoor use, especially for temporary locations including construction sites and building sites.
Corflute can also be used indoors.

 

 


 

 

ACM

 

Aluminium Composite Material is thin aluminium sheets with a polypropylene centre. This is a strong, thick material that is ideal for outdoor signs as it holds well in windy conditions.
Common uses for ACM are entrance, exit, traffic, parking, building, wall or post mounting signs.

 

 


 

 

Self Adhesive Vinyl (Stickers)

Self adhesive vinyl is flexible and can adhere to virtually any clean, dry surface.
It is well suited to flat or soft curved texture. It is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use as it is resistant to fading.
Self adhesive vinyl is great for signs on pipes, poles, containers, vehicles.

 

 


 

 

What Size Sign Should You Have?

Signs need to be large enough to be seen without straining the eyes when communicating safety messages to employees and visitors.
To comply with AS/NZS 1319:1994, you must consider the environment, lighting and viewing distance - these factors will also determine the size of the sign required to suit your application.
Use the following diagram as guide to select the correct size of your sign:

 

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