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Signs and line of sight

21st August 2014 | Warning Signs, Fire Signs

As an employer, you often end up associating certain warning signs with the machines or areas they are intended to safeguard. However, this can lead to an element of shortsightedness. There is no point securing a sign to a dangerous piece of equipment, only to realise it is not visible until an employee begins using the machine.

When planning where your signs are going to go, one of the most important things you need to consider is line of sight. Every sign has a different level of urgency attached to it. Some warn of immediate dangers, while others inform employees of prohibited practices in a certain area. Each of these needs to be hung in a certain place.


Warning signs

If your sign is triangular and yellow, it will almost certainly be intended to warn employees of a danger. This could be a dangerous machine, a fire risk or simply a wet floor they could slip on. Whatever it is, the same principle should apply: they must be able to see the sign long before the danger can threaten them.

This means thinking about how far away from the danger the sign can be see. If it is around a corner, for example, you might want to move the sign a bit farther away from the danger just so it will be noticed in time for a suitable response.


Instructional signs

For signs instructing employees to wear goggles, for example, you should make sure the signs are visible on entry to the area in which they apply. The best place for them is on a doorway, for example, so people can't help seeing them before entering somewhere without the appropriate safety precautions.


Fire exit signs

Wherever an employee is sitting, they must be able to see a sign pointing them to the nearest fire exit. This means putting them up nice and high for maximum visibility. It also means checking for blind spots, so it is worth polling your workers to see if any of them can't see a sign from where they usually are and rectifying the situation if that is the case.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801743870-ADNFCR


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