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Common Warehouse Safety Signs

by Paul Hinz
Filed under: Safety

Safety signs are a critical visual reminder that actively help prevent errors in the daily operations of warehouses.

Depending on location safety signs are a legal requirement under occupational health and safety laws.

Common safety sign types include:

  • Compliance signs
  • Danger warning signs
  • Hazard warning signs
  • Materials handling signs

In this week’s post we briefly explore some of the different types of safety signs that can be used in warehouses.

Exit Signs

To be in compliance with OH&S laws warehouses and facilities must have clearly visible exits with unobstructed routes to get to them in an emergency situation.

Exit signs must be strategically placed throughout a warehouse showing the location of exits and paths staff can use to find the exit in an emergency.

Warehouse exit sign

Emergency Assembly Area Signage

In the event of an emergency evacuation it is imperative that a safe assembly point is designated either on or near the warehouse.

The emergency assembly area should be clearly signed so employees know where to meet up in an emergency situation prior to it occurring.

Emergency assembly warehouse safety sign

Authorised Personnel Only Signs

There are some areas in warehouses that need to be off-limits to the majority of staff such as workshop areas with tools such as grinders and welding equipment that must only be operated by appropriately trained and PPE clothed employees.

Other examples of areas only open to authorised personnel may include testing labs, hazardous chemicals and goods storage.

Areas of concern need to be clearly marked via signage ‘authorised personnel only’.

Signs need to be posted around the area to allow employees to see and read them before they mistakenly enter the area unauthorised.

Authorised personnel only warehouse safety sign

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Signs

When entering certain warehouses or parts of a facility with potential hazards it may be a safety requirement that staff wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, safety classes, high visibility or steel-cap boots to better protect themselves.

PPE signs are imperative as they not only alert staff to the areas where they must wear PPE But also the exact type of PPE equipment they must wear.

Failure to wear the correct PPE can have devastating consequences and may lead to severe injury or even fatalities.

Personal protective equipment warehouse safety sign

Danger Flammable Signs

Any area of a warehouse where a potential source of ignition such as gas bottles are used or stored a danger flammable sign must be displayed.

Employees must be alert around sources of ignition that they don’t use tools that may ignite the flammable liquid or gas or even accidently discard a cigarette.

Combustible gases and liquid pose a significant safety threat to employees, the facility and product.

Danger flammable warehouse safety sign

Forklift Safety Signs

Forklifts are large heavy pieces of machinery that can potentially cause significant damage, serious injury or loss of life if involved in an accident.

Workplace safety can be improved significantly by implementing clear forklift warning signage.

Signage should clearly display to employee areas that forklifts operate where they must be extra carefully working around.

It is particularly important to have increased signage in areas where forklifts and employees cannot be segregated and must work in close proximity to each other.

Warning signage can be installed in areas of racking alerting staff to the danger of forklifts operating in racking aisles and that they should always check the way is clear before they move.

Danger forklift operating area warehouse safety sign

Aisle and Row Signs

Displaying aisle and row signs on all racking can greatly improve efficiency when employees are searching for items to pick for orders.

Rather than guessing the items location they can navigate directly to the items racking location via the signage.

Warehouse aisle signs

Health and Safety Signs

Common health and safety signs that may be displayed in a warehouse or facility include sanitary hand washing reminders in bathrooms.

Other common sign examples include the locations of eye washing stations where employees can immediately treat eye problems that may have occurred through working with dangerous or hazardous goods.

Knowing the exact location of these vital health and safety facilities is imperative in providing the quickest response and limit the potential damage done to an employee.

Warehouse health and safety signs

Rack Loading Capacity Signs

It is crucial that all forklift and materials handling operators know the safe capacity of racking in a warehouse.

Overloading the racking can be extremely dangerous and may lead to the racking breaking, product damage, injury or fatality.

Clearly displaying the racking capacity via signage reduces the likelihood of employees overloading it reducing the likelihood of failure.

Racking safe load capacity warehouse safety sign

Safety signage is an important element of warehouse safety.

It provides clear and concise safety warnings to staff, visitors and contractors who may be operating in a warehouse.

For assistance in installing the correct safety signage in your warehouse contact our team on 13 22 54 or fill-out a contact form and we will be in contact.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this blog is for general information only and is not intended as being an authoritative or complete set of guidelines for making your warehouse safe and in compliance with relevant legislation. Every workplace is different and you should always obtain your own professional and legal advice in relation to the steps necessary to make your site compliant with relevant legislation and to protect your business and its employees. AALG makes no warranty or representation that the information in this blog is appropriate for your business and accepts no responsibility for any reliance on the information given in this blog.