Every construction site needs to have safety signs that indicate the dangers at the workplace and the protective measures necessary to prevent the risks of injuries. These range from warnings against slip and fall hazards to reminders on wearing personal protective equipment (PPE).
Safety PPE signs, Clarion Safety Systems explains, are regulated in terms of color, text, and location. And the standards for these signs are encapsulated in the guidelines set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
The design guidelines for PPE signs are laid out in the ANSI Z535.2 Standard for Environmental and Facility Safety Signs. The aim of this is to serve as a framework for the design and application of safety signs in different workplaces. This standard has incorporated research on several human factors, leading to consistent visual layouts and more sophisticated and effective warning signs. Due to their universal implementation, the signs are understandable in most places in the world.
There are distinct advantages to these new signs. Based on two-tier risk assessment methodologies, the new signs take into consideration hazard severity and probability. These include signal word panels, which also differentiate between not just immediacy but also severity. The use of panels also allows for multi-language and graphic symbol panels. These communicate better to non-English readers.
Most importantly, the legal criteria of “adequate warnings” are also taken into consideration with the new panels. This helps to keep not only the work environment safe but also the construction company insulated.
PPE signs have evolved to convey more information, and this helps to make work environments safer. These signs follow world standards as laid out in the ANSI code as well as in OSHA regulations.