Having the right workplace signs that comply with the right industry (and legal compliance) standards is vital for all businesses.
Whether they are safety signs notifying workers of objects and situations affecting health and safety, to general workplace signs that point out exits and toilets, each workplace needs to ensure they meet all requirements of OH&S, general compliance including Australian Standard 1319-1994..
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.
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 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 required depends on the type of work you do, the industry and the environment you operate in.
Australian Standard 1319-1994 has defined 6 general categories (Danger Signs, Warning Signs, Mandatory Signs, Prohibition Signs, Emergency Signs, Fire Signs) for safety signs for the occupational environment 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 AS 1319-1994. 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.
The AS1319-1994 also provides guidance on the design, manufacture and use of industrial safety signs. All our signs within these 6 categories are designed and manufactured in compliance with AS1319-1994.
The most common hazard warnings include the “danger” and “fire” safety signs. 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.
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.
Emergency information signs
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.
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:
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.