Why Warning and Instructional Plates Should Carry the Right Header

Warning and Instructional PlatesWarning and instructional plates are made and installed for a very specific reason, and that is to ensure that whoever reads it follows instructions and takes heed to keep themselves safe. This is why using the right header for these tags is necessary. Since the different headers used for creating safety signs and tags show you the different levels of danger that you may be exposed to, using the wrong one can prove to be catastrophic.

Imagine using a header that indicates a piece of equipment can cause minor injuries, but is actually something that can cause fatal wounds if the proper care is not exercised. The header of your metal nameplates should indicate even before the person reads what is underneath it just how much danger they are putting themselves into. This will help them to be more vigilant when it comes to their safety, as well as the safety of others.

You do not use headers like Notice or even Caution if a piece of equipment can cause death when misused. The proper header for such a thing is either Danger or Warning. You do not tell people to Notice that a boiler is hot and can possibly burn them if they touch it. You do not inform people of the possibility of serious injuries that may come from standing too near a power source that generates thousands of watts of electricity.

The importance of using the right header cannot be stressed enough since the different kinds show you just how high the level of danger is with a specific item or situation. The hazard levels that come with each header can also be easily distinguished by their colors. Since red is usually associated with stopping (red lights, red stop signs, etc.), it is but fitting that Danger headers come with a red background to subconsciously tell people to stop and take heed of such a warning of danger. This header is used to warn people that not taking heed of the sign can prove to be fatal or at the very least, can cause serious injuries.

Warning, which is the header you use when there is a potentially hazardous situation that may cause serious injury, with a possibility of death in extreme conditions, is in orange. Caution, on the other hand, is in yellow, which indicates that care should be taken (just like when you need to take care when you see a yellow traffic light) or injuries may occur. Notice is only used when a policy or statement is being made and simply requires people to acknowledge the message there.

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