Workplaces can sometimes be dangerous and that’s why OSHA requires employers to alert employees to hazards that they could encounter. A proactive way to provide this protection is to use the necessary signage, alarms, and signals to alert workers to these hazards.
Workplace safety signs are regulated by OSH) under standard 1910.145 (Specifications for accident prevention signs and tags). The safety sign elements outlined in standard 1910.145 are determined and legally enforced by OSHA, meaning failure to include any one of them in your safety signage could land you a citation come inspection day.
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September 9, 2019
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Each year when OSHA reports its most frequently violated standards, the control of hazardous energy, also known as lockout tagout (1910.147) consistently appears high on the list of greatest offenders. In fact, citations for improper lockout tagout procedures ranked fifth on OSHA’s 2018 top 10 most frequently cited standards list, with nearly 3,000 violations.
Despite all our best efforts and often those of the employees we train and advise - people have a problem with safety. It can be a hard topic to bring to life, and there’s a fine line between honesty and being accused of scaremongering.
Sign labels that can be printed with laser or ink jet printers in minutes and removed cleanly from most surfaces serve to notify, instruct, and even protect personnel in just about every area in a facility
August 2, 2018
Throughout industrial plants and warehouses, signs are posted virtually everywhere from the production floor and inside the warehouse to staff offices, conference rooms and even the break room. In most facilities, there is virtually no room or area spared from these notifications, instructions or warnings, whether informal or mandated by law.
In September 2013, OSHA issued a new rule that incorporated the latest versions of standards for safety signs and tags by the American National Standards Institute. This was the first update in 40 years for OSHA's workplace safety sign and tag formats. Following current best practices for safety signage designs in construction and general industries, employers must adopt the newer ANSI tag and sign formats over time.
High-tech screens are popping up everywhere, but it’s not true that putting up screens has anything to do with an organization’s digital transformation strategy or being high-tech. A screen on a wall might mean a designer or architect thought that particular wall was a good spot, without regard to the safety application on the screen or the connection to the organization’s overall safety goals.
Digital signage is growing in popularity as a powerful communications tool for workplaces. Innovations include use of touchscreen technology, video walls, digital fabric graphics, and high-resolution content displays.
Hazard alerting signs must be placed to alert and inform viewers from a safe viewing distance, according to ANSI Z535.2-2011, Sections 11 and 12. • They must be legible, and must not be a distraction or create a hazard themselves.
Among the articles in the August 2020 issue of ISHN Magazine, we have information on creating a spill response plan, reopening workplaces amid COVID-19, advice on choosing EHS software, tips on caring for FR clothing, and much more.