What to Put on Your Warning and Instructional Plates

warning and instructional plateswarning plates  

One type of plate that companies use for their places of business, or their facilities, is the warning and instructional plate. This kind of a plate is essential in helping to keep not only employees from harm, but also visitors from getting hurt. This particular nameplate carries on it instructions, warnings, notices, and information that is supposed to help people avoid trouble, as long as these are followed and taken heed of.

What should go on your instructional and warning plates in order for these to be effective? Here are some of the more important elements that should be found on these essential tags:

Header – a header is found on the top of the tag, and is what indicates the level of danger that is present even before you read the entire tag. The headers that you will need to choose from include Warning, Danger, Caution, and Notice. The header that indicates a high level of danger and will cause serious injuries or even death, when not careful, is Danger. The next in line is Warning, which indicates a possibility of serious injury and a probability of fatalities.

Caution is the next header to use when the first two are not ideal for your tag, and this one indicates that there is a chance of minor injury. Notice is the last on this list and is used only for informing people of what to expect, do, or take note of in the area. This last one should never be used when there is a threat of injuries since this does not show any sense of urgency or the need for utmost safety.

Warning Message – a warning is what you will write when the metal nameplates you are creating is intended to help keep people safe. This should indicate what people should look out for in order to avoid injuries. These can include illustrations or pictograms showing what kind of danger there is. For example, if it is an electrocution hazard that people need to be aware of, a bolt of lightning that indicates such may be on the tag along with the warning that electricity or high voltage power is present.

Other pictograms that can be used with these warning messages include a hand being caught in gears for pinch point dangers, radioactive symbol for areas with radioactive chemicals or equipment, a person slipping for those areas that present slip and fall hazards, and many more. Sometimes these tags only carry word messages, written in bold letters, telling people of the hazards that are present.

Instructions – those metal nameplates that carry instructions often point out what needs to be done, what has to be worn when operating the equipment these tags are on, what permits one has to carry before anything can be operated, and so on. While some people may think these are of lesser importance than warnings, the truth is, these are equally important since these show people how to safely do things in order to avoid getting hurt.

Share on Facebook