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Guide to OHS Safety Signs

Published 11 April 2021


Safety signs (or OHS Signs) play an essential role in keeping you and your team safe in the workplace. From mine sites, construction sites, manufacturing facilities and more, safety signs are critical in making people aware of possible dangers, critical instructions or important information. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your signs are highly visible, durable and will withstand the test of time and environment.

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All safety signage must meet the AS 1319:1994 standard in Australia so it’s important to source your safety signs from experts who will make sure you get the right signs for your application.

To help you select the correct signage for your application, we have provided a guideline to safety signs below:

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Regulatory Signs – failure to comply with regulatory signs constitutes either an offence or breach

Mandatory

These 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.

Prohibition

These signs that 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.

Limitation

These signs place a numerical or other defined limit on an activity or use of a facility.

Hazard Signs – advise of a hazard present

Danger

These signs warn of a hazard or hazardous condition that is likely to be life threatening. They incorporate a symbolic shape (the word DANGER in white lettering on a red oval shape) and black text.

Warning

These signs warn of a hazard or hazardous condition that is not likely to be life threatening. They incorporate a symbolic shape (black image enclosed in a black triangle) and black text.

Emergency & Fire Information Signs – advise of emergency facilities (first aid and fire)

Emergency

These signs indicate the location of, or directions to, emergency related facilities. They may incorporate a symbolic shape (white image against a green background) and white text.

Fire

These signs advise the location of fire alarms and fire fighting equipment. They may incorporate a symbolic shape (white image against a red background) and white text.

Size Guide

Safety signs visual guide

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 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.

Selecting your Safety Sign Provider

ExBo Visual provide a complete safety signage and stickers solution for all your mine site and work zone requirements.

In our signshop we have the latest in digital printing and signmaking technology, so we can effectively supply both high volume jobs or one-off custom jobs. Our safety sign range is made from colorbond metal, poly plastic or self-adhesive vinyl, however we can also provide solutions on a range of other substrates such as aluminium or coreflute.

We are specialist in solutions for mining and understand the harsh conditions the signs are exposed to in these environments. We provide class 100 (formally class 2) high visibility vinyl options for all of our signs, and as standard all signs are supplied with UV laminate or UV cured ink (direct print) for added durability when used outside.

If what you are looking for is not in our range – please speak to our experts who can assist with custom signs. We are here to help keep your workplace and mine site visitors, and team members, well informed and safe.

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