Accidents can happen anytime, anywhere, no matter how careful the employees are or how strong the regulations were set. However, people can always reduce the risk of exposure to such hazards or drastically reduce the intensity of any probable accidents by placing signs that depict or display instructions and warnings. The use of emergency signs in Australia has always been detrimental in achieving just that, and now, safety signs are an integral part of any work site. However, like all things necessary for raising the bar in safety and well-being, emergency signs need careful consideration, and officials need to look into these factors before implementing them:
- Ensure That Everyone In The Workspace Is Properly Educated Regarding Symbols and Signs: Workers need to learn how to identify a symbol or a warning display as it is the only thing that stands between life and potential death. Many dangers and threats that may be present are highlighted using different colours, signage shapes and readable texts. The riskier the danger present, the more visible the sign should be. If the management is unsure their workspace doesn’t have the necessary knowledge regarding workplace safety, a two or three-day class on emergency signs and warnings will suffice. Don’t forget to add in other essential details like safe habits and behaviour, handling issues, dealing with the aftermath if it comes to that, among other things. Always plan for the worst-case scenario and set the layout of the whole workspace with that in mind.
- Determining The Type of Signs Be Used: Most emergency signs in Australia come under roughly three categories, those that provide instructions, those that advise caution and those that indicate danger. The best way to do this is to outline all the potential hazards, identify them and deal with each by specific emergency signage.
- Emergency Signs Should Be Able To Communicate Information Clearly And In A Short Time: If there is an incident in the place of work, chances are most of the employees will be on high alert and running on adrenaline. Reading through a paragraph of information may be the last thing on their mind during that moment. Emergency signs should be placed so that they are visible and the words or the signs are displayed in bright colours and highlighted. They should be located either near the spot of dangerous instruments or placed along the way like the bushfire warning signs along the highways. Make sure that they are not set close to the danger spots and should be installed so that the workers will get ample time to prepare if they see such a sign.
- Maintenance Checks: It’s not uncommon to see worn down signs showing illegible texts in many areas. This is due to the signs being installed years before and then never being taken care of in the following years. What happens is that the emergency signs become hard to read and won’t be able to relay the correct information to the workers. Instead of putting the signs up and then forgetting about them, do a maintenance check on all safety and warning signs at least once or twice every year. Keep updating them according to the changes in layout or hazards that may be removed or introduced into the site.
Moreover, due to the strictness of Australian laws regarding workspace safety, companies can prove that they have been reducing health risks by setting up warning signs. Companies can defend themselves against claims or during legal proceedings by using emergency signs.