Why Signage is Important in Industrial Facilities

According to the International Labour Organization, there are about 10 work-related accidents a second across the world. Every 15 seconds, one of those accidents is fatal.

#1. Safety

On average, 6,300 people die every single day due to work-related accidents or diseases. That’s 2.3 million people every year. Many of those deaths are from electrocution, falling, being struck by something or getting stuck in machinery.

How many of those fatal accidents were preventable? We’ll never know. But we do know that proper signage in the workplace cuts down on those accidents and keeps people safe.

Safety, if you’re running a quality operation, is the highest priority for your facility. Losing employees to accidents not only lowers productivity, but it lowers employee morale and increases turnover. In more compassionate terms, you don’t want to see the people working hard every day for you get hurt.

examples of safety signs with different warning notes fixed to a fence for keeping industrial facility safety

Proper signage can’t prevent every accident, but it can help people understand their surroundings so they can act accordingly. A huge portion of workplace safety is just making people aware of the dangers they face so that they are prepared to avoid them.

Most industrial plants will have signs like “Danger: High Voltage” and “Caution: Watch Your Step.” Others may have biohazard warnings or caution signs about how to properly operate machinery. Often these signs will come in a harsh bright yellow color, to make them especially difficult to ignore. Today, that “caution yellow” color is famous for being a color of warning. It’s sure to catch the attention of anyone working in your facility.

You may think that these signs are mere background noise, that nobody even notices them. For longtime veterans at your facility, that may very well be true. But the fact that they don’t notice the sign doesn’t mean the sign hasn’t been effective. In many cases, they don’t notice it because they’ve already internalized its lesson.

examples of safety signs with a flammable warning, fire, and No Smoking notes fixed to a fence for keeping industrial safety

Meanwhile, new employees are likely to see the warning first and then ask questions. Without the sign, they may have just strolled into a hazardous area, completely oblivious to the danger and the precautions that should be taken to avoid them.

Of course, safety signs aren’t just for employees. In fact, people who don’t spend all day in your facility are arguably even more important to keep informed. There’s a reason the “Danger: Authorized Personnel Only” sign is so popular. Non-employees stumbling into a work area is a recipe for potential disaster.

#2. Information

Combine those with signs that actually help. Have signs that guide visitors to wherever they may need to go. Make sure delivery drivers know where to pull in, and how to get in touch with the right person in the facility. These are all things that can be accomplished with proper signage and are all part of keeping your facility running smoothly.

And speaking of running things smoothly, did you think industrial signage all just had to be about safety? Well, okay, granted, a lot of it is. But that doesn’t mean you can’t also design some signs to remind employees of your mission, best practices, and any number of other things. Add a sign to remind workers about an easily-forgotten, but important rules, like washing hands, or lifting with a partner. All of these things have the potential to keep your facility running smoothly and production high.

Most industrial facilities are absolutely covered in signage about all sorts of things. Whether promoting safety or improving productivity, it is undeniably in your interest to do everything you can to keep your employees as informed as possible at all times. Talk to us and we’ll help you make that happen.