Safety Signs

The Importance of Safety Signs

Safety signs are crucial in any work environment. The primary importance of displaying safety signs is to prevent injury and ensure staff and visitors are well aware of the possible dangers and hazards ahead in certain situations and/or environments. Without signs, many employees would lack the necessary direction in times of crisis, and employers might find themselves in significant legal difficulties if any accidents were to arise as a result.

By ensuring the workplace is sufficiently well signed, you can help protect your staff and visitors to the site, particularly members of the public, against the possible dangers that may be unnoticed – leading to less industrial accidents and reduced risk to employees and passers-by.

At Jabac we have the widest range of legends for you to choose from to ensure you can create a safe, well identified facility. Our range of custom signs is designed to meet Australian Standard 1319 which outlines specific parameters for safety signs in an occupational environment.

Custom Made Signs

Jabac can supply any custom sign for your requirements. Signs for walls. poles or freestanding signs. Metal, poly or vinyl signs available. Call us on 03 97200 700 or email sales@jabac.com.au for a quote

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UNDERSTANDING AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS 1319

This standard sets out the requirements for the design and use of safety signs intended for use in the occupational environment.

These safety signs are designed to regulate and control safety related behaviour, to warn of hazards and to provide emergency information including fire protection information.

CHOOSING SIGNS TO SUIT YOUR APPLICATION

Complying with Australian Standards

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MANDATORY SIGNS

These custom signs specify an instruction that must be carried out. Symbols (or “pictograms”) are depicted in white on a blue circular background. Sign wording, if necessary, is in black lettering on a white background.

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DANGER SIGNS

These signs provide warning when a hazard or a hazardous condition is likely to be life-threatening. The word “Danger” is featured inside a red oval inside a black rectangle.

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PROHIBITION SIGNS

These custom signs specify behaviour or actions which are not permitted. The annulus and slash is depicted in red over the action symbol in black. Sign wording, if necessary, is in black lettering on a white background.

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EMERGENCY INFORMATION SIGNS

These signs indicate the location of, or directions to emergency related facilities (exits, first aid, safety equipment, etc). Feature a white symbol and/or text on a green background.

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WARNING SIGNS

These signs warn of hazards or a hazardous condition that is not likely to be life-threatening. The hazard symbol is black on a yellow background and a triangle is depicted around the hazard symbol. Sign wording, if necessary, is in black lettering on a yellow background.

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FIRE SIGNS

Advise the location of fire alarms and fire fighting equipment. They contain a white symbol and/or text on a red background.

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GENERAL INFORMATION SIGNS

These signs are not referred in AS1319, however are available due to popular demand. They communicate information of a general nature and often refer to Housekeeping, Company Practices and Logistics.

SAFETY SIGN VIEWING DISTANCE GUIDE

Safety signs should be large enough to view without straining the eyes when communicating safety messages to employees and/or visitors. Therefore, choosing the size of a sign is more than fitting it to the space you have available.

In order to comply with AS 1319, you must consider the environment, lighting and viewing distance – these factors will determine the size of safety sign required to suit your application.

The recommended minimum sizes as per AS 1319 are as follow. For a pictogram and worded sign in a factory or work environment, where lighting is good and the sign will be mounted in a reasonably prominent position:

  • Pictogram size is to be at least 15mm per metre of viewing distance
  • Text size:
    • Upper case: 5mm per metre of viewing distance
    • Lower case: 4mm per metre of viewing distance

For Brady Safety Signs, please use the below diagram as a guide.

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