What You Should Do to Increase the Effectiveness of Your Warning and Instructional Plates

Warning and Instructional Plates

If safety is one of the things you are concerned about within your facility, one of the things you can do to help increase safety and awareness of safe practices is to use warning and instructional plates on your machinery and in places that need these. These plates can be attached to certain equipment that present a danger to life and limb. These can also be used in areas that are rather dangerous, like stairs and hallways that may present slip and fall possibilities.

The use of these safety and warning plates are essential to the welfare of everyone in your facility, and these include your employees, visitors and even yourself. Ensuring that these are properly installed is also important for compliance. Having these around your facility however is not enough. In order for these signs and plates to be effective at what they are supposed to do, you will need to have a safety program in place.

What can a safety program do and why do you need to have one running for your facility in order for your warning and instructional plates to actually be useful? In reality, while these warning signs and informative plates are properly established all over your place of business, if people do not know these exist or do not readily understand what these are for, these would be of little use to your business. This is one of the main reasons why a safety program should be in place and should work together with your installation of such safety plates.

What Safety Program Elements Supplement the use of Warning and Instructional Plates?

When you put together a safety program, there are a number of elements that you need to have in place. OSHA has a list of such elements and these include some of the following:

Management Commitment and Employee Engagement – what this means is that you (management) and your employees need to work hand in hand in order for these safety procedures and tools to work. You, as an employer, will provide your employees with the necessary tools needed for keeping everyone safe, and your employees will apply themselves to the tasks that come with keeping everyone safe. Some of the tools you need to provide as management include signs, like the warning and instructional plates that were mentioned earlier, documentation regarding your safety program, and equipment for safety like emergency equipment as well as personal protective gear.

You will also need to make sure that the implementation of your safety program, and the proper use of safety equipment is adhered to by everyone. This can be done by encouraging your employees to follow safety protocols, and by providing them with incentives for volunteering safety suggestions. You can also go so far as offering rewards to those who go out of their way to educate other workers about the importance of safety, and those who adhere to your safety rules.

Train Your Workers and Everyone Else in Your Facility Regarding Safety – the use of warning and instructional plates is only a small part of your safety program. While some people may easily understand what these metal nameplates say, not knowing the proper procedures associated with safely operating your equipment, and other safety protocol in your establishment, may simply derail the effectiveness of such plates. You need to train your people on how to properly operate machinery and equipment, as well as how to wear safety gear when handling these. You will also need to educate them on the hazards that come with ignoring such warnings.

You will need to not only train your employees and supervisors how to adhere to your safety rules, but you will also need to learn all of these rules yourself. You will also need to train them in life saving skills as well as in how to handle emergencies in their areas of responsibility. You will need to have training and retraining schedules set up for these things every few months, as well as training schedules for new hires.

These are but a couple of the things that you can do to increase the effectiveness of your warning and instructional plates. These plates may be useful in helping inform people of dangers and operating protocols, but without a program to raise awareness to the use of such safety tools, the use of such metal nameplates may not be enough. 

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