Which warning signs do you need to place?

Good basic signage contributes to safety in the workplace. Think about warning signs as indicators for the emergency exit, dangerous goods signs or prohibitory signs. Often little attention is given to this, while our warning signs in the place of business can make just the needed difference. Therefore it is important that signage is placed in the appropriate place, is large enough and that the stickers and signs conform to ISO 7010 norms as drawn up in 2012. The warning signs also need to be clear for everyone in the workplace with one glance, regardless of mother tongue.

The following warning signs can be used in a place of business:
  • Command Signs
  • Prohibitory Signs
  • Warning Signs
  • Emergency Signs
  • Fire fighting Signs
  • Combination Signs

Command signs

Command signs give a command.  The signs are round and contain a white pictogram on a blue background. The most common command signs:

Veiligheidsbril verplicht
Safety glasses mandatory
Gehoorbescherming verplicht
Hearing protection mandatory
Veiligheidsschoenen verplicht
Safety footwear mandatory
Veiligheidshandschoenen verplicht
Safety gloves mandatory
Veiligheidshelm verplicht
Safety helmet mandatory

Wash your hands

Prohibitory signs

Prohibitory signs indicate a prohibited act.  These signs are round and contain a black pictogram on a white background. There is a red line across the pictogram.  The most common prohibitory signs:

Vuur, open vlam en roken verboden
Fire, open flame and smoking prohibited
Verboden voor voetgangers
Pedetrians prohibited
Geen drinkwater
No potable water
Verboden voor onbevoegden
Unauthorized persons prohibited
Verboden met water te blussen
Prohibited to extinguish with fire
Niet aanraken
Do not touch
Verboden voor transportvoertuigen
Riding along on transport vehicles prohibited
Meerijden op transportmiddelen verboden
Riding along on transport vehicles prohibited
Verboden te roken
Smoking prohibited
Verboden om te eten en drinken
Eating and drinking prohibited
Verboden voor dieren
Animals prohibited

Warning signs

Warning signs warn of possible danger.These signs are triangular and contain a black pictogram on a yellow background. The most common warning signs:

Stoffen die snel in de brand vliegen
Flammable materials
Machine met draaiende onderdelen
Machine with moving parts
Stoffen die kunnen ontploffen
Explosive materials
Gevaar voor elektrische spanning
Danger electrical current
Gevaar voor rondrijdende transportvoertuigen
Danger transport vehicles in area
Gevaar om uit te glijden
Danger to slip
Gevaar voor wonden aan de hand
Danger injuries to hands
Kijk uit, hangende last
Beware of overhanging load
Stoffen die schadelijk kunnen zijn
Corrosive materials
Pressurized gas containers

Rescue signs

Rescue signs indicate the location of emergency life saving equipment is located in your place of business.  These signs are square or rectangular and contain a white pictogram on a green background. The most common emergency signs:

Emergency exit
Deur die in de richting open gaat van de vluchtrichting
Door which opens to escape route
Verbanddoos (EHBO)
First Aid Kit
Emergency shower
Eye wash station
Brancard aanwezig
Stretcher on premises
AED aanwezig
AED on premises
Muster area

Fire fighting signs

Fire fighting signs indicate the location of  fire fighting equipment  in your place of business. These signs are square and contain a white pictogram on a red background.  The most common fire fighting signs are:

Fire hose
Fire Extinguisher
Fire blanket
Fire alarm

Combination signs

Combination sign contain multiple pictograms.  These can be pictograms from the same category, but also a combination of pictograms from different categories. 

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