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October 9, 2014

Common Safety Signs for Hazardous Sites

Guest post by Stephen Whitmore.

On any work site where heavy machinery or potentially hazardous equipment, chemicals or other dangers are present, it’s vital to have the correct safety signs and notices to help keep everyone safe - and to reduce your liability. has the internationally recognized signs for about any scenario you can imagine. 

For example, a growing industry right now is fracking. The number of fracking sites in the United States has exploded in recent years as we aim to hone our use of natural gas to reduce our dependence on foreign oil. While it’s an exciting and relatively new area, fracking sites pose new risks and hazards for workers and site visitors. This makes it that much more important to have the proper signs, notices and warnings to keep everyone safe. Of course, many of these signs are important in other scenarios, but here are a few that can make a huge difference in worker safety at potentially hazardous sites: 

With many sites, there are industrial uses for water and with fracking in particular water plays an important part. However, as we all know, not all water is created equal and drinking contaminated water can have fatal results. This means it’s vitally important to mark all water pipes and outlets according to their safety. It’s both for visitors and workers but also people who may be working directly with or around the pipes. A burst pipe of contaminated water could be a hazardous situation and needs to be treated with the utmost caution. 

Underground Utility Markers:

For construction zones or other places where you break the ground knowing where your underground utility pipes and wires are is extremely important. Not only do you run the risk when hitting them of causing a dangerous leak, but it also affects other uses of that pipeline, potentially cutting off homeowner’s supply ‒ and we all know what happens when you hit an underground electric cable. That’s why it’s so important to mark underground utilities with proper signs.  

Emergency Shut Off:

Any potentially dangerous machinery should have an emergency shut-off sign or label to indicate the stop switch. When you’re working with major pieces of equipment the margin of error is slim, and that’s even if you’re an expert. With the number of everyday distractions facing all of us, an accident is not unlikely, which means everyone knowing where the emergency off switches are is that much more important. 

First Aid/Fire Symbols:

In the event of anyone injuring themselves, time is of the essence, so being able to quickly and conveniently locate the first aid kit is important. Signs should be easily visible to anyone on the site to prevent any confusion during a time when immediate attention could be vital. And when you’re working with potentially hazardous flammable materials, fire extinguishers can make the difference between an accident and a catastrophe. Not only should they be placed liberally around the work zone, but also clearly and visibility labeled with fire extinguisher signs.  

Safety Symbol Signs:

Almost any work site has a laundry list of potential hazards, so covering all your bases, and making sure they’re all clearly and properly labeled will decrease the likelihood of any accident. At dangerous sites prevention is key, so proactively making sure everyone is aware of the hazards is a step forward to creating a safer work site for everyone. This includes clearly marking any required attire like hard hat signs, eye protection signs, and respirator signs.

Of course, there are dozens more uses for signs that you’ll likely come across. Luckily for you, you’ve found ComplianceSigns, which has signs for nearly any situation you could come across. In situations where there is a clear and present danger, it’s up to those in charge to make sure you’ve got everything clearly labeled and taken care of in a proactive, rather than reactive way.

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