The category of safety signs generally referred to as “hazard signs” play an essential role in the management of your safety procedures protecting your staff, visitors and premises. Hazard signs are displayed to advise and forewarn of potential dangers. Hazard signs have a yellow triangle with a black pictogram or symbol on yellow background with a black border. The yellow part has to be at least 50% of the area of the sign. Many of the hazard symbols currently used have been updated to bring them in line with the new ISO 7010 legislation. Within our Hazard sign range most signs use supplementary text and have headings with the words:
These categories are dependant upon the severity of risk e.g. signs with the word “Danger” are used were the risk is deemed to be higher than those signs using the word caution.
These words can be defined as follows:
These are used for a high level of risk which, if not avoided, may result in death or serious injury. Use danger signs in hazardous situations which have a high probability of death or severe injury. Danger signs should not be used for situations covering potential property damage unless personal injury risk is present.
Warning signs should be used for a medium level risk which, if not avoided, may result in injury or death.
Use Warning signs in hazardous situations which have some probability of death or major injury. Again, warning signs should not be used for situations covering potential property damage unless personal injury risk is a possibility.
Caution signs should be used for a low level risk which, if not avoided, may result in a minor injury. Use caution signs in hazardous situations which may result in a minor injury. Caution signs should not be used when there is a possibility of death or severe injury. These signs should be used to warn of the lowest hazardous risks.
See our article: Safety Signs, Symbols and Colour Codes – a Simple Guide for more information on the use of safety symbols and graphical images.