Safety signs play an essential role in many situations. Whether restricting access to a particular area, alerting employees to potential hazards, or providing road safety information, safety signage must meet specific standards in South Africa.
Sign Alliance manufactures a wide range of safety signage designed to meet South African Standards
- Regulatory - containing instructions. These are divided into smaller categories:
- Prohibition – indicate an action or activity is not permitted – ‘can’t do’;
- Mandatory – giving an instruction that ‘must’ be carried out;
- Limitation or Restriction – sets a defined limit on an activity or use of a facility – commonly used for road safety signage such as speed limits.
Failing to comply with standards constitutes either an offence at law, or a breach of procedures or other directions – dependant on the kind of controls imposed at the work site or workplace.
- Hazard - advising of risks. Like regulatory, they are also divided into the following:
- Danger - warns of a particular hazard or hazardous condition that is likely to be life-threatening – situations or actions that could possibly ‘kill you’;
- Warning - warns of a hazard or hazardous condition that is not likely to be life threatening, but could still ‘hurt you’.
- Emergency information - indicates the location of, or directions to, emergency related facilities such as exits, safety equipment or first aid facilities – these are used to ‘inform you’.
- Fire - advise the location of fire alarms and fire fighting facilities and equipment; this classification is also a means of an ‘inform you’ sign.
Safety signs, including the full range of Road Signage, can be manufactured in leading edge reflective materials designed for all environmental conditions. Sign Alliance can also custom design to meet specifications.