This article highlights the various safety signs in a warehouse setting, why these are important, and how these should be properly installed in the workplace per regulations.
Published 11 Aug 2023
Warehouse safety signs are graphical representations of safety information used specifically for warehouses, stockrooms, and similar storage facilities. These universally recognizable visuals are designed to alert workers and visitors about potential hazards and prohibited actions and remind them about safety regulations and procedures. The use of safety signs is mandated by law to prevent accidents and safeguard the health and safety of everyone in the workplace.
Warehouses are incredibly busy locations filled with workers doing manual handling jobs, palettes of raw materials or finished products, and heavy machinery daily. All these, including the fact that everyone operates on a tight schedule, are ingredients of near misses and accidents. Putting up safety signs is the most proactive way to maintain safety in this incredibly high-risk situation.
Warehouses have unique safety requirements, based on the nature of the operations and specific hazards present in the environment. To effectively address the wide range of risks on-site employees face, here are the four main categories everyone should be knowledgeable about:
These are symbols that either disallow actions or ban specific items within the premises of the warehouse. The sign features graphics inside a red circle that is crossed out with a thick, diagonal red line.
The complete opposite of prohibition signs, mandatory symbols remind individuals of actions or behaviors that must be adhered to for the safety of workers. The symbol typically features a white symbol or text in front of a blue background.
These warehouse safety signs alert individuals to potential hazards present on site. The high-contrast symbol consists of a black image or text on a yellow background. Note that the exclamation point inside a triangle is a generic caution sign and can be used for various dangers.
Danger signs may be classified under this type since it warns employees or visitors of specific hazards as well. The only difference is that this spells out the whole word with a red background. It often includes additional warnings or instructions at the bottom, such as the following:
This category provides critical information that helps workers during emergencies. This features white text or symbols on a green background.
Several other signs may not be strictly classified under the four mentioned above but provide critical information that workers need to know about the operations in a warehouse.
The government plays a critical role in guaranteeing the health and safety of warehouse workers. As aforementioned, the installation of warehouse safety signs is one of the simplest safety precautions that prevent injuries, costly hospitalization, and operational delays. Neglect, deficiency, or outright violation will incur serious sanctions from regulatory bodies.
One of the simplest yet most effective ways of reminding warehouse workers about safety is through the proper installation of safety signs. Universally known and understood, these symbols provide clear instructions and guidance regarding basic safety precautions, injury prevention, and appropriate emergency response.
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Eunice Arcilla Caburao
Eunice is a content contributor for SafetyCulture. A registered nurse, theater stage manager, Ultimate Frisbee athlete, and mother, Eunice has written a multitude of topics for over a decade now.
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