Where to Place Your Warning and Instructional Plates

Warning and Instructional Plates

Warning and instructional plates are manufactured for very specific reasons, and that is to help warn people of dangers and teach them how to operate certain machinery. These can be very effective tools for safety, but only if these carry the right messages and are used the right way. You should be aware that having these plates made is only the first step and usage as well as implementation of such usage is important when you want to help keep accidents at the workplace at a low point.

Placing these metal nameplates in the right areas can easily mean the difference between someone’s safety and putting them in harm’s way. Proper placement means that these plates should be placed in the right locations for their specific use in order for these to be effective and deemed useful. Improper placement, even when these are present, can hold you accountable for any accidents that may happen, so you should know where these should be posted when these are being used.

In order for these plates to do what they are supposed to do, and that is to warn and instruct, these have to be placed in places where these can be easily seen. Different kinds of plates are to be placed in places where these can be most effective. For example, warning plates for electrical hazards are more effective when posted near and on these hazards, such as on the generators of such electrical currents and on or near the wires that carry such currents about. Putting warning far from these things will not serve its purpose the way it is supposed to.

Different Kinds of Warning and Instructional Plates and Where These Are to Be Used

There are many different kinds of warning and instructional plates out there, some warning you of possible death if you are not careful and others stating that injuries can be had in certain areas if care is not taken. Some of the more commonly used plates for warning people with and for instructing people what to avoid or what to do include the following:

Chemical Hazard Warning Plates – if there is a chemical hazard nearby, these plates are used to tell people to be careful when near these things. Usually, these are placed near the holding areas of such chemicals and sometimes on the containers of such substances. You can also find instructional plates and signs that tell you what kinds of protective gear you need to wear when you are to handle such dangerous substances or when you are simply near them.

Electrical Safety Plates – these are used to warn people of the presence of electrical hazards near and around them. You can find these plates attached to generators, machinery and even cables that carry electricity in and around facilities. You can also find instructional plates with the telltale lightning bolt on it telling you that something is electrified and what you need to do before handling such equipment, like turning electricity off before doing any repairs or instigating a lock-out tag-out procedure before doing anything with the electrical device.

Machine Safety Plates – these are used on equipment that, when used improperly or without the proper training or without the proper protective gear, can cause injuries or even death. You can find these attached to the doors of heavy equipment as well as to the dashboards of these same machinery. You will find instructions for proper usage, what to do, what not to do, what to wear and so on. These plates will also tell you that if you are not authorized to operate such equipment that you should not try doing so.

These are but a few of the many types of warning and instructional plates that can be found almost everywhere. Other types of plates you can find included in this particular category include Fire Safety Plates, Restriction Plates, Personal Protective Gear Plates and Health Hazard Plates, to name but a few. You can also find a number of custom plates used for many safety reasons, such as those that are used to indicate that a pool is closed, that lockdown proceedings are under way and so on. 

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