Safety and warning signs are normally more associated with the need to obey local laws and legislation rather than any real practical purpose to visitors or members of the public. A lot of signs become so ubiquitous that the purpose behind them is barely recognised any more, causing most people to largely ignore them, so why is there still such pressure for employers and public site managers to ensure signage is present?
Believe it or not, warning signs do actually have a real role in preventing accidents and injuries – even if most people do not really acknowledge them on a conscious level, a well-designed warning sign will still have an impact in increasing the awareness of staff and visitors to key dangers and rules around a location. If the worst should happen most people will very deliberately look for signs to give them guidance and direction, so during a crisis the lack of good signage can turn an unfortunate circumstance into a real disaster.
It is actually something of a fallacy that warning signs are just a bureaucratic nuisance rather than a real safety tool. Although most repeat visitors and employees won’t pay much – if any – attention to the signage around them, those new to the site are liable to seek out signage in order to give them information, direction and warning about potential dangers in the area. Just because the regular labourers at the construction site spend their days laughing at and mocking the hard hat sign because the caution it gives seems obvious to them does not mean that a new visitor who may not have been to such an area before will not pay attention and avoid a potentially lethal accident.
Warning signs are also invaluable to the general public who may not be present at – or even passing by – a site long enough to grow complacent about its risks. Think of scaffolding projects or road excavations – without clear signage to warn members of the public of hazards and advise them of alternative routes, the chances are that someone will at best get horribly lost and at worst be severely injured.
An expert signage solutions provider such as Fitzpatrick Woolmer Design and Publishing can be an invaluable partner when it comes to preparing public warning signs for your office, construction site or other facility which needs to make visitors and employees aware of risks, dangers and other critical information. Visit them today at www.fwdp.co.uk for more information or to speak to one of their local signage design and manufacturing experts.