Different Features Warning and Instructional Plates Should Have

BY Rowena Taylor

Warning and Instructional Plates

One of the things that helps keep people safe as well as informed when it comes to the use of machinery and equipment is a warning and instructional plate. These plates come with features that help tell people what to do (and sometimes what not to do) when operating equipment that carry some level of danger with them. Such plates are often attached to these things in an area that is easy to see, making these one of the safety features of such a machine.

While the presence of these plates can prevent the possibilities of serious injuries, damage to equipment and even death, sometimes the composition of these plates are not enough to do such a thing. This is why it is important that these warning and instructional plates be made in such a way that they can convey their safety message effectively. These should have some of the following features that will help increase their effectiveness and their ability to do what they are supposed to do:

Appropriate Headers – you may have seen such headers on signs and plates around you. These headers carry such words like Warning, Danger, Caution and Notice. Each header comes with a specific level of danger, which is why it is a good idea to use the right header for each warning plate that you use. Caution and Notice are used for those situations where the least amount of danger is present. Danger and Warning headers are used on plates for equipment that carry a huge amount of danger and may even pose a threat to a person’s life.

Clear and Concise Messages – what is the use of a warning and instructional plate that does not tell you exactly what to look out for, or what to do in easy-to-understand messages? Posting plates, or even signs, that do not state in clear and concise terms what a person should do before operating a specific machine, or how to keep an individual safe, while operating such a machine, is essentially useless. You should make sure that whatever messages you put on these plates state exactly what a person should do – what steps are needed to ensure proper usage of equipment, what safety gear to have or wear, who should not operate these things and the like – and what to look out for in terms of dangers involved with operating such a machine.

Graphics Where Needed – sometimes it takes an image or two to make people understand and take heed what is written on a warning and instructional plate. Some of the more commonly used graphics on these plates are those that indicate high voltage or electrical hazards and this is in the form of a triangle with a lightning bolt within. Sometimes, you will only see the lightning bolt on such plates, which also indicates the same kind of danger. Other graphics that you can use on these plates are those that show pinch dangers, what safety gear to wear (gloves, helmet, etc.), tell you to stop (red hand sign) and slipping hazards.

Correct Colors for Associating the Sign with the Level of Danger – as with headers, specific sign colors can also tell you what level of danger a specific area or piece of equipment presents. For instructional plates, you can use white and blue (Notice), for plates that talk of precautionary measures, yellow and black should be used (Caution), for more dangerous equipment and areas that carry a high probability of injury or even death when misused, red and white should be greatly considered (Danger and Warning).

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