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Safety Signs

An absolute necessity for any business, safety signs keep employees and customers alike informed of the risk of being in certain areas. Whether it’s a warning sign to indicate a high-voltage line or a traffic sign showing road work, safety signs help avoid accidents of all kinds. is a one-stop-shop supplier for all types of Safety Signs in South Africa.

South African regulations (made under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1993 as well as by-laws made under the Fire Brigade Services Act, 1987) require employers to provide and maintain safety signs where there is significant risk to health and safety.

All workplaces, and public places are subject to these regulations.

Crucial in any work environment, the purpose is to prevent injury and ensure staff and visitors are well aware of the possible dangers and hazards ahead in certain situations and/or environments.

In simple terms, the OHS Act places a legal obligation on employers to find out what could go wrong and then make sure it doesn't. This means that appropriate signs must be used throughout the workplace. Without signs, many employees would lack the necessary direction in times of crisis, and employers might find themselves in significant legal difficulties if any accidents were to arise as a result.

The system, which is based on international standards, is briefly described as follows:

Informative-Fire Fighting: Square in shape with a white background and red border. The symbol must be in red and placed in the centre of the sign. Typical examples of such signs are the location arrow, fire extinguisher, fire hose, etc.

Informative-General: Square in shape with a green background and white symbol centrally placed. Typical examples of such signs are those for first aid equipment, general direction arrows and direction to escape route, etc.

Mandatory Sign: Round in shape with a blue background, with the symbol placed centrally and in white. Typical examples of such signs are those advising that certain pieces of protective clothing must be worn (e.g. goggles, respiratory protection, hand protection, etc).

Prohibition Sign: Round in shape with a white background and a circular band and diagonal bar in red. The symbol must be black and placed in the centre of the sign without obliterating the cross-bar. Typical examples of such signs are those prohibiting smoking, fire and open flames, the use of cell phones, etc.

Informative Warning Sign: Triangular in shape with a yellow background and black triangular band. The symbol or words must be black and placed in the centre of the sign. Typical examples of such signs are those warning of the danger of explosion, electric shocks, slippery walking surface, etc.

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