Signage, Wayfinding

Signage, Wayfinding, and Safety at Work


Wayfinding signage helps prevent the different occupational risk factors

Wayfinding, in companies or work areas, is comprised of signals composed of a generally two-dimensional element, which contains a geometric shape, a color and a symbol that represents a specific situation.

In the workplace, several situations can constantly arise that put the integrity and health of workers at risk or danger, since depending on their activities they could be at risk of being affected by an occupational accident or illness derived from your profession or trade.

At some point it might be thought that if we are talking about people who carry out a specific job or activity, they must have sufficient expertise and capacity to carry out their profession or trade in a neat manner, but the reality is that we are talking about a significant amount of human beings faced not only with the workload of their tasks, but also with a myriad of machines, spaces, engines, dangerous substances and in short, a large number of circumstances that can become a true focus of certain risks that endanger their physical integrity.

Next, we will list some of the items to keep in mind when planning the signage, installation, and distribution of the operational areas:

  • Access and emergency exit and doors
  • Floors, corridors, types of stairs, ramps, and platforms
  • Premises and storage facilities, including those necessary for explosive and flammable materials and dangerous substances
  • Material handling equipment: cranes, conveyors, industrial vehicles. forklifts and elevators
  • Boilers and other equipment that work under pressure
  • The different production processes and the occupational risks that occur because of these
  • If within the facilities there are pedestrian exits on streets or roads for cargo vehicles, it is recommended to protect the pedestrian, installing handrails or firm barriers
  • Companies where different vehicles circulate and there is the possibility of crossing roads, it is necessary to use the corresponding traffic signs and regulations and complement safety with the use of concave mirrors.

It is imperative to have duly signposted everything that is part of the physical space that makes up the company or workplace where an economic activity is operated, and large numbers of people congregate to develop said activity.

The Wayfinding

The Wayfinding, for business or workspaces specifically speaking, is not a simple information system that guide people through physical environments and therefore improve their understanding and experience in the place.

Here it is necessary to emphasize that it is a purely legal requirement which, if not in accordance with the regulatory statutes, can lead to serious and real legal and economic problems.

The design of signage: Shape, color and content correspond to a universal classification or language, so that they can be quickly understood by anyone regardless of their intellectual condition, professional or technical training.

Their characteristics are adopted and adjusted according to the needs of the places where they will be exhibited, and to the corresponding legal provisions, according to the prevention needs of the different companies.

So that they can comply with the industrial and labor safety requirements issued. by the competent entities.

The use and implementation of adequate and timely signage helps to prevent the different occupational risk factors, by developing the different activities in a safe way and indicates optimal business organization. 

However, it is extremely important to remember that the existence of this does not eliminate the risk, nor the responsibility of carrying out periodic safety inspections in accordance with the provisions of the legal programs for companies.

Wayfinding, in companies or work areas, is comprised of signage made up of a generally two-dimensional element, which contains a geometric shape, a color and a symbol that represents a certain situation, to produce a set of stimuli that condition the action of the people who perform it. receive as a message.

Its purpose is to quickly draw attention to objects or situations that may affect the physical integrity of people and other work items. They must be used permanently or temporarily according to the risk situation to which the people involved in an activity or work area are exposed.

As for the safety signs inside companies or work areas, they oversee a general message or safety information, which results from the combination of color and geometric shape, since, by means of the adding a graphic symbol or text determines the condition of the risk or the action to be taken in case of emergency. 

Such safety signs should only be used to give instructions that are related to safety or health.

Safety signage are given a specific meaning in relation to safety and are used in accordance with international codes that may indicate a prohibition, obligation, warning, or safety action.

Signage and displays for your company are an opportunity to make a lasting impression and stay on the top of the mind of your customers.

Your fleet is the best asset to show your audience the products and services you offer. Wrap your vans, trucks or any kind of vehicle that’s part of your fleet and take advantage of the roads.

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