Extra Large Danger Signs

Posted: March 18, 2014 by Stephen in Uncategorized

Huge Construction Danger Signs

What’s better than alerting your workers to a potentially hazardous situation? Providing them notice and plenty of time to avoid the hazard!

How do you manage to accomplish the goal of providing safety information sooner? Post extra large danger signs for your construction site that can be seen nearly six times earlier!

New, large-format construction danger signs are 48 inches by 36 inches and can easily be mounted on walls and fences like standard size signs, or hung for greater visibility. Based on a ratio for sign viewing distance detailed in the ANSI Z535.2 sign standard, a huge danger sign of this size can alert workers to hazards from up to 37 feet away, based on the 1.5 inch height of the tallest letter in the sign message and favorable viewing conditions.

Using this ratio, a typical sign that is sized at 14 inches by 10 inches would only warn workers at a distance of 12 feet in favorable conditions. These large danger signs are useful near construction site entrances, where the greater visibility can alert drivers. The large text size can been seen from farther away, which is necessary as drivers are moving quickly towards the job site and are in need of advanced warning measures.

The larger sized construction danger signs are also great for bilingual and multilingual safety messages. The added size allows for bold and detailed messages in any language, along with symbols that are internationally known. Symbols that are helpful on multilingual construction danger signs are the international standard symbols for the use of PPE, prohibition symbols, and directional arrows.

Signs that are 48 inches by 36 inches are still produced in the same durable materials that you have become used to with the smaller sized construction danger signs. At this larger size, a lightweight corrugated plastic with grommet holes is easy to hang or place on a fence. Durable and rust-free aluminum options (with or without reflective sheeting) can be mounted and offer years of outdoor service.

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Danger Forklift Signs

Posted: February 25, 2014 by Stephen in Uncategorized

Dangerous Forklift Traffic Areas

Is your warehouse or facility filled with forklifts? Forklift traffic is a dangerous hazard for workers, especially those on foot.

Where forklift traffic is heavy, danger forklift only signs should be posted to alert workers that special indoor traffic regulations are in place and that foot traffic is prohibited. These OSHA and ANSI compliant signs alert those working in the area to very serious hazards. Getting hit by a forklift is just like getting hit by a car on the street, and the same precautions that we take when crossing a busy intersection should be taken when walking around inside a busy warehouse.

Even though your forklift operators are trained and certified, accidents can be hard to avoid when driving around a corner, through a blind spot, or when moving a load. Noise from the forklifts, other machines, and loudspeakers can make walking around a busy warehouse even more dangerous, when calling out to oncoming traffic is washed out by the other noise.

These danger signs should be posted for both the workers on foot and your forklift operators.

Danger signs in a warehouse can restrict forklift traffic to areas that can bear the load of these heavy machines, areas where there is enough room to safely maneuver, and parts of a warehouse that have enough clearance for the forks when upright.

These specific signs are helpful in raising safety awareness, as are the use of traditional traffic signs. Stop signs, pedestrian crossing signs, and other traffic control measures that are used on public roads may be used inside facilities with heavy traffic to reduce the chance of injuries and damage to goods.

 

Where to Post Danger Signs?

Posted: October 29, 2013 by Stephen in Uncategorized

How Far is Too Far?

Danger signs need to be able to be read clearly by those in the area of potential hazard. Rules for traffic signs are the same, where the text size will increase as the driver’s speed increases, so that the sign is seen from further away.

Thankfully factory workers are not traveling at high speeds, so recommended viewing distances for danger signs easier to figure out. According to the ANSI Z535-2007 standard for favorable reading conditions, a ratio of 25 feet of viewing distance per inch of text is needed.

In what are unfavorable reading conditions, the text on danger signs must be larger; that ratio of text size to viewing distance is 12 feet per inch of text.

Some factors that go into these conditions are obvious, and include:

  • lighting
  • background
  • type font

Other factors are more complex, like what a necessary reaction time would be in the area or if posting multiple, smaller danger signs instead of one large one would better convey the message.

Danger signs also have larger text sizes for parts of the text that convey special importance, such as in an action statement or hazard description. Danger signs need to alert people of danger right away, but if they need to be aware of danger before the amount of feet described by the ratio, the text must then be increased. 

For more information about the size of the text on a danger sign, view this Sign Viewing Distances Chart from SafetySign.com. This chart displays text and sign size recommendations with sign positioning for favorable reading conditions in an ease to understand presentation.

Radiation Danger Signs

Posted: October 3, 2013 by Stephen in Uncategorized

Radiation Danger Signs and Your Work

While danger signs are usually seen in factories and construction sites, dangers are in all environments. The medical field is one segment where workers are constantly facing varying degrees of danger. Doctors, nurses, and staff come

into contact with biohazardous material, patients with contagious illness, and radiation from equipment.

Radiation is a hazard that can be as harmful in one large dose then in a series of smaller ones. X-ray machines and other equipment give off this energy at safe levels, but it is the prolonged exposure of radiation that should be examined. Radiation danger signs are a helpful reminder to staff of this unseen hazard.

Radiation danger signs look much different than the usual signs, and the part that is unique is its symbol. The ionizing radiation hazard symbol is meant to convey the radiation of energy for the source. Radiation danger signs use the image with specific text to alert staff that the area is within energy’s field.

Since radiation is used for certain medical procedures, radiation danger signs can let staff and visitors know where the energy’s field limits are in relation to the equipment that produces it. The probability of harmful effects typically increases with every dose, placing more importance on reaching a safe distance from the radiation and letting staff know those limits with radiation danger signs.

Safety Signs for Cranes

Posted: May 7, 2013 by Stephen in Uncategorized
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Danger Crane Safety Signs

Cranes in construction zones present immediate hazards to all. Crane safety signs and danger signs help to alert those under the crane of the danger overhead, notify the operator of hazards, and presents safety issues to those entering the area. Two of the most important issues concerning crane safety are load handling and the safety of those on the ground.

Before operation, crane operators should inspect the rigging, counterweights, securing ties, and even the ground that the crane is on. If the ground is not solid, the crane could tip or sink, which would be catastrophic for those on the ground. Load charts are also an essential part of crane safety. Without studying the rigging and weights, the crane could either be overloaded or not properly secured. Either way, the load could fall, putting others in grave danger.

Crane operators should never float or carry a load over equipment or other people. Likewise, workers should pay attention to the safety signs and construction danger signs around the crane’s area. These crane danger signs are posted in important areas to help keep workers and the crane operator safe and focused on crane operation. The risk is too great that something will fall or be knocked down by the crane to be beneath it.

The knowledge of the crane operator and the crane’s ground crew are the most useful tools that can be used with an operating crane. Their skills can help to spot adjustments that need to be made to keep everyone safe and keep the job on schedule. They can help keep the crane away from hazards that the operator may not see, such as power lines. It is important not to distract the crew, as they often communicate using hand signals to operate the hoist and trolley. By following the messages on safety signs and crane danger signs, many of the hazards can be avoided, and that prevention is a great step towards staying safe around cranes.

Danger Confined Space Signs Protect Workers

A confined space is a dangerous place, and many hazards there are unseen. Danger Confined Space Signs that meet OSHA and ANSI standards keep your facility updated with confined space regulations. The hazardous atmosphere in a confined space often requires the use of personal protective equipment, lockout tags, and permits. Many danger confined space signs display this information for worker safety.

Confined space regulations require many checks before entry into a confined space. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Checking levels of oxygen and other gases
  • Checking ventilation
  • Insuring that personnel is on-hand to respond to emergencies

These checks are important due to the specific hazards that a confined space presents. Danger confined space signs should be posted near sites such as silos, storage bins and tanks, and underground areas. Confined space regulations for these areas focus on the difficulty and restriction of entry and exit from these places where the potential of entrapment exists. For more detailed information about danger confined space signs and regulations, visit the OSHA Confined Spaces topic page. There are links and information about standards, hazards, and much more.

Lockout Tagout Danger Signs

To prevent injury, some machines require extra safety measures while workers perform repairs or maintenance. These machines need to be powered down and a lockout tagout (LOTO) procedure implemented to ensure that the machine is not accidentally turned on while work is in progress. Lockout tags and lockout tagout signs are important for notifying others that maintenance is in progress and that special lockout tagout measures are in place.

Lockout tagout standards mandate that only authorized employees lock or tag equipment, and that a machine is equipped with a device to isolate its power source or any stored/leftover energy. A machine is locked out when a lockout device is placed on the energy isolating device. With proper placement, this stops machine operation until the authorized employee completes work and removes the lockout tagout device.

Danger signs for lockout tagout operations help to keep facilities up to ANSI and OSHA standards for safety. These danger signs remind workers not to perform maintenance without first following the necessary lock out procedures. By effectively warning workers of lock out and tag out policies with lockout kits and danger signs, facilities can help to reduce accidents and workplace injury.

Flammable No Smoking Signs

Posted: February 19, 2013 by Stephen in Uncategorized
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Danger Signs for Fire Safety

No Smoking Danger Sign

Flammable Smoking Signs

Fire is a very real source of danger, which is why OSHA Danger Signs and Flammable No Smoking Danger Signs are so prominent at gas and propane filling stations. The averages for fires at gas stations are startling – one in 13 stations will have a fire this year, resulting in roughly $18 million in damage. In addition to following the rules on no smoking danger signs, here are a few common sense tips to help stay safe when filling up:

  • Stay In or Get Out. Getting in and out of your car while refueling could create a build-up of static electricity. Gasoline vapor could be ignited by that spark.
  • Listen to the No Smoking Danger Signs. Maybe you pulled up to the pump after lighting up because you happened to notice there was no wait. It’s great to be opportunistic – it’s better to waste a cigarette for safety, though.
  • Don’t Top Off. We all want the fullest of gas tanks, but topping off easily leads to spilling over. You’re going to refill again in a week or two, so why risk a dangerous spill for a few ounces of fuel?

Superstorm Sandy made many in the Northeast turn to gas cans and portable containers after power went out. After you fill up, remember the messages on the danger signs at the station – no smoking/flammable vapors. Fire safety doesn’t stop when you’re at home. Also, try to leave room for expansion when filling up. This will keep the container sealed for the safety of all.

Need to Post Danger Signs?

Posted: January 22, 2013 by Stephen in Uncategorized
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Good Reasons to Post Danger Signs

ANSI and OSHA compliant Danger Signs are an essential part of a safe workplace – and these signs aren’t just for construction sites and warehouses.

Bilingual Danger Signs

Danger Signs point out hazards that might not always be so obvious, even to workers who are highly trained and observe safety precautions. There are always dangers concerning construction, where hard hats and safety glasses might be needed. There are even cases where workers will be in scaffolding and working over other people that pass by – a definite safety concern to be addressed with a danger sign.

Now for the not so obvious – maybe you own a gas station, or your company has fuel for your company vehicles. Danger No Smoking Signs are more visible than stickers at the pump, and often open flames should be put out well before employees are that close to the flammable material.

This is true even in open spaces such as outdoor break areas that have grills for employees or guests to use.

Battery Charging Danger Signs

Posted: February 4, 2011 by SignGenius in Uncategorized

According to OSHA regulations, it is required that battery charging installations be located in designated battery charging areas because of the dangers of hydrogen gas and battery acids. It’s important that workers take safety precautions in order to reduce potentially dangerous situations. By posting OSHA signs in these areas, workers are warned of the dangers of smoking or bringing an open flame near the area, they are reminded to wear protective gear and to turn off chargers when connecting or disconnecting batteries. In addition, the American National Standard Institute (ANSI) caution and safety signs help make your workplace a safe environment.

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