Appropriate signage is an essential part of any company’s commitment to the health and safety of its employees, customers and other facility visitors. Not only is safety an employer’s moral and ethical responsibility, but unsafe standards can result in injury risk, hefty fines, legal liability and ‘Out of Business’ signs. As an industry more susceptible to injury and illness than the average sector[i], manufacturers should take the extra step to abide by all existing federal and state policies regarding proper safety signage.
Companies should perform an analysis of their environment, inside and out, to identify any areas that are or could become a safety concern. Correct floor signage is something every manufacturer should invest in — some signage is required by law and all signage, when properly used, can make for a safer working environment. As people are more likely to work where they feel safe and secure, prioritizing facility safety not only reduces costs but can benefit your search for skilled talent.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides a set of guidelines which should be followed to reach maximum safety compliance. As indicated by the chart (right), many of the most frequently violated OSHA standards can be prevented by installing safety markings and signage while increasing safety awareness through regular company-wide discussions and trainings.
Here are simple tips you can implement in your facility right away to increase safety and reduce costs:
By improving workplace safety standards, your business can reduce liability and decrease on-site accidents. In the end, people remain your company’s most important assets and your commitment to safety should always follow one cardinal rule: do everything in your power to protect your employees from harm.
[i] Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities. U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2016.