Make sure your safety labeling ticks all the boxes for a safer work environment
Australia is home to some of the deadliest animals on the planet but while the outdoors can sometimes look like the who’s who of terrifying wildlife, safety in the workplace (just like anywhere else in the world) is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Your workplace environment can pose a risk to you, your employees and a host of other stakeholders, especially since it is so easy to take safety for granted. The best approach is and always will be better safe than sorry. This is where safety tags, lockout products, safety signage and effective labeling come in handy, playing a crucial role.
Read on to find out more from the largest safety tag distributor in Australia.
The truth of the matter is that simply by virtue of being human we are prone to making errors every now and then. Unfortunately, this means that we run the risk of injury or even worse, fatality.
Equipping ourselves with the right knowledge on how to avoid and minimise the risk of accidents is one of the single most important things any organisation can do. It is why, though mundane, safety labeling, procedures and principles should never be taken for granted or overlooked.
Prevention is a thousand times better than cure
The importance of safety tags and labels is unquestionable. Prevention is always better than cure. This is the premise of safety tags and labelling. No organisation wants to expose their employees, clients or any other stakeholders to the possibility of harm. In addition, in these times of increased and more advanced liability litigation doing so is a costly exercise in neglect. Poorly designed, missing or inadequately visible safety signage can lead to accidents that cause injuries or even death. Not only does this damage a company’s reputation and hurt families but it also means incurring hefty costs amounting to hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to settle or fight lawsuits.
The alternative to poor safety labeling and signage is effective labeling. This can drastically reduce the risk of accidents, improve general work efficiency and hence improve your bottom line. Last but certainly not least of all, it will spare your organisation the burden of liability litigation and insurance costs. This is a fact that is being recognised the world over in health and safety, demonstrated by the appreciation of safety tags in Australia.
Effective safety labeling
Employees and those that interact with or visit your worksite must have a clear understanding of the risks associated with hazardous materials, equipment or surroundings. They must also be given adequate information on how best to protect themselves from any potential harm. Your organisation should remember the following in order to ensure the safety and smooth operation of its work site:
Ensure that all safety signage offers complete, detailed information that is not ambiguous in any way, being clear, concise and comprehensive.
Incorporate symbols that can transcend language barriers to cater to those who may not necessarily understand or be able to read English so that all individuals onsite can interpret the messages.
Correct signal words
The choice of signal word should be appropriate for the hazard it relates to as this will ensure the right level of care and caution will be taken. The most common signal words include:
- NOTICE – The text should appear in blue print and used as a reminder of the environment to avoid possible risks.
- CAUTION – The text should appear in yellow print and used when referring to the risk of a minor or moderate injury.
- WARNING – The text should appear in orange print and used when death or serious injury could occur.
- DANGER – The text should in red print and used ONLY when death or serious injury WILL occur.
Make sure to use simple, clear language so that it is easily understood by anyone.
All signage but must be located in areas that are in close proximity to the hazard or risk that it relates to for the benefit of alerting individuals who are nearby or heading towards the hazard.
Safety signs should be used in the following areas:
o Anywhere that presents a risk of injury or harm
o Any surroundings or sites that require the use of safety wear
o Locations where hazards that are not obvious to stakeholders are present
o Any areas where equipment is used or vehicles driven
o Any areas that have dangerous substances present
Incorporate bright colours that are in line with safety standards so that they capture the attention and eyes of those nearby.
Effective safety signage needs to be simple, visible and include text that is easy to read from a distance. There should be no difficulty in seeing the information on the safety label, tag or signage.
All employees should be educated and informed of signage during induction, ensuring that they have a clear understanding of what precautions to take to avoid injury or fatality.
There are many types of safety labels that business owners have to replace or update. These include machine safety, building or facility safety, and fire equipment and emergency exit, to name just a few.
Make your work environment safe
Bookmark this blog post and if you discover that your work environment needs to improve the quality of its safety labels or identification tags, get in touch with the Tags & Tickets team. We have Australia’s largest range of safety tags and a wealth of experience. Your safety is our priority so contact us today for superior service and quality products.