Custom Safety Signs Can Reduce Workplace Hazards
The Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA) regularly reports on the most significant workplace hazards. Fortunately, many of the biggest dangers to worker’s health can be minimized with OSHA compliant safety signs. Thanks to safety standards out of organizations like OSHA, the American worker is safer today than they ever were in the past. But that doesn’t mean that employers can’t do more.
In the construction industry in particular, conditions are very unsafe. According to OSHA, in 2013 more than one in five worker deaths occurred in construction. In total, 3,929 people were killed on the job in the construction industry. OSHA calls the top four causes of construction worker deaths the “Fatal Four.” They are, in order, falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught in or caught between dangerous machines or materials.
Many construction deaths could be prevented by using OSHA compliant safety signs. At construction sites where it might be difficult to run additional electricity for safety signs, glow-in-the-dark signs can be used to mark tripping hazards, precarious ledges, and dangerous machinery. Glow-in-the-dark signs can also be custom printed in order to point out hazards that are specific to a particular construction site.
Minimizing Industry Hazards with Safety Signage
Outside of construction, there are number of general industry hazards that could be minimized with better safety signage. According to OSHA, the second most frequently cited safety standard in fiscal year 2014 was the lack of hazard communication.
Clearly, more effective and more prolific safety signage is required to help prevent injuries and death in the workplace. OSHA compliant safety signs should be used to mark everything from exits to hardhat areas, eyewash stations to the nearest emergency medical kit.
If your workplace needs better safety signage, consider the benefits of photoluminescent emergency signs. Unlike electric emergency signs, photoluminescent signs do not require any electricity or wiring, making them more simple to install and significantly cheaper to maintain. Photoluminescent safety signs are also more effective in blackout and wet conditions, and they can be custom printed to make warnings as clear and specific as possible.
Contact the team at Jessup Manufacturing Company, the makers of GloBrite® Photoluminescent Systems, to speak with a member from our sales team to learn how our products can create safer work environments.