Industrial Safety Signs: A Building Necessity?
Industrial facilities have a higher risk of fire and catastrophic situations than any other type of structure. Safety is essential in these environments because things can go awry very quickly if chemicals are handled incorrectly or equipment malfunctions. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines require signs to be placed throughout your facility to enforce set evacuation paths as well as inform workers of fire equipment locations. While these symbols may seem like a tedious expense, they are a very important component of your building’s egress system.
Industrial safety signs indicate how to reach a safety area such as an exit door with either wording or a combination of symbols. Signage with a running man and an arrow should be installed in any location where the exit path is inconspicuous. Doors, stairwells, corridor direction changes, and open spaces are required to be marked as well. Fire compliance guidelines have to be met within your industrial building to protect the safety of all individuals who are in the structure at the time of an emergency.
Fire Safety Signs Prevent Injuries during Emergency Situations
Workplaces are required to have a minimum of two exit routes which must be continuous as well as free of obstructions. Industrial facilities with larger staff numbers should have more than this to prevent safety hazards such as congestion. These routes need to be spaced appropriately to make certain at least one egress point is available. If they are too close together, the fire may block both exits causing everyone to become trapped in the building. The path should never go through an area where chemicals or other hazardous materials are located. Exit door, stairwell, directional, and equipment indicators are all examples of mandatory building fire safety signs.
Any door considered to be part of an egress path must be marked by identifiers with the word “EXIT.” Additional symbols should be placed throughout your building to mark areas leading to an outside location. Each sign must be flame retardant, legible, and large enough to be seen at a distance. Decorations on such doors are prohibited because they hinder the visibility of the exit symbol.
Thousands of individuals are injured every year due to workplace fires and another two-hundred or so are killed. While every owner hopes this type of catastrophe never happens, it is always better to be prepared for the worst. A clearly defined evacuation route can save lives during these situations.
Fire safety signs help in identifying the location of equipment such as extinguishers and help each individual locate the nearest path to a safe outside area. You can install lighted, non-luminous, or photoluminescent signing within your industrial facility. Lighted identifiers rely on electricity making them a possible egress failure point within your building.
Non-luminous signs cannot be seen in thick smoke or low lighting situations; however, luminous products are easily viewable regardless of the emergency conditions. They require no electricity, minimal maintenance, and are very cost efficient for small or large structures. GloBrite offers many industrial safety signs to meet the specific needs of your building. Call us or visit our website today to learn how we can increase facility safety.