Usually when people work in a high-risk environment, they are adequately trained and notified of how to safely use the property. However, employers need to also ensure that hazard signs and symbols are properly placed so employees are constantly reminded of the hazardous areas and take the necessary steps and precaution to keep themselves safe from harm. In some types of business, hazard signs are actually regulated by law and bodies set up to monitor standards. In the United States for example, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is one of the bodies responsible for monitoring the safety standards within specific industries hazard signs.
Generally, hazard signs are used to notify people whenever there is a risk of injury due to chemicals, flammable substances, radioactive material or toxic substances. Some of the common symbols for those instances are:
Flammable material present
Radioactive material present
Toxic or poisonous
Usually, chemical plants or locations where certain types of commodity are made like cleaning products have enough signage all over the compound for people to be aware of the risks involved. Hazard signs may appear with different backgrounds, colors, borders and additional information to explain in more detail the type of hazard. Depending on where the location is, you might see the “Highly Flammable” sign previously mentioned, as well as the one that indicates radioactive material may be present in the atmosphere.
Where chemical hazards are concerned, there is usually a pictogram that is applied to dangerous chemical substances to indicate the specific risk associated with improper usage of the product. The pictogram is usually a diamond shaped object with four colored sections. Each section is labeled with a number indicating the severity of the hazard related to use of the product. People who work in specific industries will have gained knowledge and information about understanding the chemical hazards labels and what kind of steps they need to take in order to prevent injury or death.
Although many hazard signs and labels can be bought in a generic form, you can also arrange to have your own customized hazard signs for your specific business needs. That way, there will be less of a chance for employees to say your signs were not specific enough for that particular industry. And further, you will be able to protect your organization from being exposed to damaging law suits that could be filed by vindictive employees.