Choosing the proper safety sign is not only the right thing to do for the safety of your workforce, it is required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Sometimes misguided or confusing signs make for funny reading material, but there’s no joking when it comes to workplace safety. We understand that choosing the right safety sign can be confusing. Danger signs provide a strong alert to personnel concerning specific conditions that pose can immediate danger. And that specific precautions are necessary.

Danger signs indicate either the nature of the threat or instruction on how to best prepare for the potential danger.

Warning signs provide a high lever alert to personnel about specific hazards. Warning signs are often used to indicate probable safety threats and provide additional instruction as to the nature of the threat or precautions that should be used.

Caution signs are intended to warn against potential hazards or to caution against unsafe practices. Caution signs indicate potential hazards and the proper precaution to be taken.

Other sign headings like notice, exit, directional arrows and emergency shelter to name just a few provide personnel with instructions about various safety concerns and company policies.

When it comes to safety and instructional signs, always be sure your signs are clear, concise and indicate the appropriate safety threat level, no matter it is safety signs to road signs, street signs to traffic signs, or signs for indoor, outdoor and harsh chemical environments.