Workplace Signs

Workplace Signs

Having the right workplace signs that comply with the right industry (and legal compliance) standards is vital for all businesses.

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A sign is: “An object that announces the presence, or occurrence, of something”.

Whether they are safety signs notifying workers of what they need to be aware of, to general workplace signs that point out exits and toilets, each workplace needs to ensure they meet all requirements of OH&S and general compliance.

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Jabac has Australia’s leading range of custom workplace signs and visual workplace communication aids on the market. If you can think of a sign, then chances are we have it in stock and can ship to your door within 24-48 hours. Whether you a building a new construction site, or need to review and overhaul your existing site OH&S signs, our expert staff can guide you through the maze that is your safety and signage requirements.

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The Importance of Workplace Safety Signs

Safety signs are critical for maintaining a safe work environment. Their primary purpose is to prevent injuries and ensure that staff and visitors are aware of potential hazards in certain situations or environments. Without safety signs, employees may lack essential guidance during a crisis, and employers could face legal issues if accidents occur. By ensuring that the workplace has sufficient safety signs, you can protect staff and visitors, including members of the public, from unnoticed dangers, resulting in fewer industrial accidents and reduced risk.
Jabac offers an extensive selection of workplace safety signs designed to meet Australian Standard 1319, helping you create a safe and well-identified facility.

The types of workplace safety signs available depend on the type of work you do, the industry you operate in and the environment you operate in.

Australian safety signs are classified into 6 general categories to apply a standard design across most similar jobs. Knowing the exact types of signs required by your workplace and what you require for your industry helps you identify what you need to comply with the workplace law. This allows you to buy workplace signs that meet the regulations laid down by your state or the federal government. You need to comply with local and federal laws when it comes to the use and maintenance of your signs. It is not uncommon for states to have different regulations regarding the design and placement of workplace safety signs within the workplace.

Industrial safety signs are manufactured using different materials depending on the type of hazard your workplace faces. Some signs are designed to withstand sharp objects whereas others may be prone to damage from sharp edges. A good example is the steel-frame sign which can take a heavy punch but withstand the impact of sharp edges. There are safety signs for the workplace that are meant to withstand fire but may be weakened against fire. This means you should always check these signs before placing them in your industrial environment.

When it comes to first aid signs and emergency measures, the list of possible safety signs is endless. Your safety signs must indicate a warning or advisory system and should be placed near accessible first aid supplies. These first aid sign should be easily readable and present a clear message. There is a general consensus that the most effective first aid and warning system are the large flat or overhead sign that is located either at the entry or exit of the facility. The most effective hazard sign is the safety sign that is located directly in front of the hazard that a person can see and identify.

The most common hazard warnings include the “danger” or “dangerous” and “fire” safety signs. These signs may appear on the same sign or they could be placed in different locations within your facility. The most effective safety signs are those that are easily read and understood. The mandatory sign is the first warning sign that a worker should be aware of. All employees should be trained to follow the mandatory PPE safety sign in the workplace.

There are other important types of hazard signs but two types are the most often used. These are the prohibition signs and the emergency signs. There are other types of hazard signs and warning signs such as those for fire, falling objects, hazardous materials, electrical dangers, explosion hazards, and others. In order to comply with all the safety requirements of your workplace, you should make sure that all of the workplace safety signs and warning signs are properly and appropriately installed and positioned

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 safety signs is designed to meet Australian Standard 1319 which outlines specific parameters for safety signs in an occupational environment.

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


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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

OHS and Safety Signs

Providing market leading workplace safety signs is our passion. Contact us to find out exactly what you need and where you need it, or explore our huge range of safety signs purpose built for all types of working environments.

All workplaces / sites require general direction and operation signs to ensure an informed workforce, not to mention a smooth operating environment. Jabac has Australia’s leading range of workplace signs to suit all needs.

Office and Warehousing Signs

All offices and warehouses need to notify staff directions, rules and things to observe throughout the workplace. From exit signs, fire safety signs, and no smoking signs, Jabac is your number 1 source for workplace signs at the office.

Customised Signs

Many times, an off the shelf solution just won’t cut if for some requirements, that’s why Jabac is Australia’s leading manufacture of custom workplace signs. With rapid turn around and great prices, you can ensure your workplace gets the best safety signs!

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