Safety Sign

Safety Sign

Safety Signs for the occupational environment including their design and use are defined in Australian Standard AS 1319 — Safety signs for the occupational environment. The Standard sets out the requirements for four different types of signs including (a) Regulatory Signs, including prohibition, mandatory and limitation or restriction signs, (b) Hazard Signs including danger and warning signs, (c) Emergency Information Signs; and (d) Fire Signs. The Standard requires safety signs be large enough to view without straining the eyes when communicating a safety message.

Safety Sign Classification and Use

Australian Standard AS 1319 classifies safety signs in four major categories and associated subcategories as follows;

  1. Regulatory signs Signs containing instructions with which failure to comply constitutes either an offence at law, or a breach of standing orders, safety procedures or other directions, depending on which kind of control has been imposed at the work site or workplace. They are subdivided as follows:
    1. Prohibition signs Signs that indicate that an action or activity is not permitted.
    2. Mandatory signs Signs that indicate that an instruction must be carried out.
    3. Limitation or restriction signs Signs that place a numerical or other defined limit on an activity or use of a facility.
  2. Hazard signs Signs advising of hazards. They are subdivided as follows:
    1. DANGER signs Signs warning of a particular hazard or hazardous condition that is likely to be life-threatening.
    2. Warning signs Signs warning of a hazard or hazardous condition that is not likely to be life-threatening.
  3. Emergency information signs1 Signs indicating the location of, or directions to, emergency related facilities such as exits, safety equipment or first aid facilities.
  4. Fire signs Signs advising the location of fire alarms and fire-fighting facilities.

 

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