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Safety Signs are crucial in any work environment. The primary importance of displaying Safety Signs is to prevent injury and ensure staff and visitors are well aware of the possible dangers and hazards ahead in certain situations and/or environments. Without signs, many employees would lack the necessary direction in times of crisis, and employers might find themselves in significant legal difficulties if any accidents were to arise as a result.
Understand the Australian Standard
AS 1319-1994 AUSTRALIAN STANDARD: Safety Signs For The Occupational Environment This standard sets out the requirements for the design and use of safety signs intended for use in the occupational environment. These signs are designed to regulate and control safety related behaviour, to warn of hazards and to provide emergency information including fire protection information.
SIGNS VIEWING DISTANCE GUIDE
Signs should be large enough to view without straining the eyes when communicating safety messages to employees and/or visitors.
To comply with Australian Standard AS 1319, you must consider the environment, lighting and viewing distance – these factors will determine the size of sign required to suit your application. For pictogram and worded signs in a work environment where lighting is good and the sign will be mounted in a reasonably prominent position, the recommended minimum size are as follow:
Pictogram size is to be at least 15mm per metre of viewing distance
Upper case: 5mm per metre of viewing distance
Lower case: 4mm per metre of viewing distance
Which Sign Material To Use?
When ordering your Safety Signs, its important you consider which sign material will work best for your application.There are many different materials available, so its beneficial to understand which material is best for which environment.
BRADY SAFETY SIGNS VS. COMPETITOR SIGNS
At Brady Australia, we specialise in making premium quality and compliant safety signs in thousands of various legends, sizes and substrates. We pride ourselves as the market leader with the broadest range, and together with over 30 years of experience, we offer high performance signage.
As there are many other sign makers in the industry, we cannot control where signs are purchased - however we have made it easier for our customers to distinguish between a Brady sign and a copied sign. Below is a picture of a Brady sign, here we have noted some differences you will notice from a visual perspective, as compared to our competitors.
Competitor’s ‘Hand Protection’ sign has ink that has run
Competitor’s ‘No Smoking In This Area’ sign has colours that have faded