Safety is always a primary concern for developers and property owners, primarily when construction activity occurs. Hanging safety signs is a way to let people know about hazards. In addition, the signs will warn people on-site to pay attention to their surroundings, where potential danger exists.
Whether you need labels for hard hat areas, speed limit indicators, or warning signs, construction sites often require many different types of safety signage.
This article outlines the fundamentals necessary to protect property and assets and avoid the potential for legal issues.
Danger signs are the most common type of construction site signage. Property owners and developers can use them to indicate a road hazard, like a pothole or uneven pavement, or they could show an area on your job site that's off-limits. You'll want to use sign backing materials when outdoors since they're made for weatherproofing and durability and are UV protected, which means they won't fade or lose their color even after being exposed to the elements for many years.
Warning signs alert people about the potential hazards that are present at your construction site. Warning signs often draw attention to objects that may be a trip hazard, like a piece of rebar sticking out of the ground. These signs are typically yellow to stand out from surrounding colors and objects to alert people where the danger is.
Biological Hazard Signs
Biological hazard signs warn people of areas that may pose a threat to their health. These signs typically indicate the potential presence of harmful bacteria or viruses like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B, TB, and MRSA. These hazardous materials are ubiquitous in hospitals, health clinics, and doctor offices. However, they can plague all kinds of job sites.
Construction signs effectively communicate messages about the construction process itself. Use these signs at job sites to alert workers about various job site rules, regulations, and company policies.
These include safety signs that may indicate OSHA standards, like lockout procedures or chain of command directives. You can also use them as a way to direct your employees and make sure they're keeping up with the schedule.
Other Safety Signs
You'll also want to keep other safety and construction signage on hand, including road-specific and plumbing signs. You must be able to direct traffic safely away from the site, which means using speed limit indicators or barricade flags as well as cones and rope barriers. These are typically orange in color to contrast with other signage and flagging.
In some cases, safety signs are optional. However, in other cases, they are required by local, state, or federal law to meet compliance laws.
If you need help with job site safety signage for your project or development, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at Precision Reprographics to start the conversation today!