5 Ways to Determine Where Warning and Instructional Plates are Needed

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While it may not be obvious, all companies have hazards and dangerous equipment that may cause injuries to personnel, or even worse, cause fatalities. This is why having safety signs, warning plates, and instructional tags are important. These may not totally stop accidents from happening but these can help prevent them whenever people take notice of what they say.

Not all areas of your workplace and not all equipment however pose a danger to life and limb. Some areas are generally safe and do not really need these signs and tags to be present. You simply need to determine which parts of your facility require such safety tags on them so that you can not only help inform people of these dangers but also save money in the process by having only the necessary tags made for your business.

How do you determine which parts of your facility need these warning and instructional plates, safety signs, and markers? Here are five things you need to keep an eye out for:

When an area is prone to accidents – these are places where people tend to trip, slip, bump, and find themselves getting in small scrapes. These places include areas that accumulate moisture and become slippery, places that have steps, places that have rugs that are not anchored down, and so on. These places need to have signs and tags placed within plain sight for people to be careful when they pass through, and these should indicate what they should look out for, i.e. slippery when wet, slip and fall hazards, falling objects, etc.

When equipment can cause injuries – while some equipment may be easily used and cannot cause harm, there are a few that can be a source of physical woes. These need to carry warning plates that tell of these dangers and what people should do to avoid getting themselves in such a danger.

When equipment require complex operating procedures – some equipment may truly be easy to operate but there are others that need some knowhow and expertise to get going. These are the machinery that you need to put instructional plates on. These may not pose any danger to the operator if used improperly, but these can cause repair and replacement problems if these break down due to misuse.

When an area has power lines and high voltage equipment – there are parts of your facility that will have generators, powerlines, and the like, and these should be steered clear of to prevent electrocution accidents. Placing a high-voltage sign or keep away sign to inform people of this danger is a must in these places.

Wherever there is machinery that operate continuously and may cause injuries – factories have these and other manufacturing businesses have these. Some factories even have equipment and large machinery that is operated from a booth and runs 24-hours a day. These are places that people need to be careful in since these can cause pinch injuries. Places where there are rotating gears, running belts, and the like, can cause such injuries and should be carefully marked.

These are just a few of the things you need to look out for in order to properly install warning and instructional tags, safety signs, and information plates.

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