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Signet's essential safety sign guide - What you need to know

Signs and safety — without the first, the second could become quite difficult to achieve. Safety signs help keep warehouses, offices, construction sites and many other businesses running, day in and day out. Without the right signs in the right places, you could unknowingly be putting yourself and others in harm's way.

To help you identify which ones are right for you, keep reading our Essential Safety Sign Guide.

What are the different safety signs?

Some common safety signs include danger, warning, prohibition, notice, mandatory and statutory fire safety or emergency information signs.

As each one is designed for a specific purpose, it's important to know where to use them in your workplace. In case you need reminding, take a look at our quick breakdown below:

  • Use warning or danger signs to identify hazardous areas. If it's life threating, a danger sign must be used.
  • Ensure you have the right statutory signs, such as emergency information, fire safety and EIP (Emergency Information Panels) & hazchem signs, in place.

What are safety signs made from?

Some common materials include metal, polypropylene, coreflute, self-adhesive vinyl or alucopanel.

  • Metal: Usually used in warehouses, metal signs are a tough, durable solution. As this material can warp or bend, it's ideal for flat surfaces, such as solid walls, framed signage or for signs that may require magnetic overlay messages (such as huddle or visual message boards). If you need day and night signs for private use, reflective sheeting can also be applied to metal signs, unlike other materials.

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  • Polypropylene (PP): PP signs are a lightweight solution, suitable for mounting onto solid surfaces on-site. As this material isn't heavy to pick up and move, PP signs are commonly used on construction sites or as medium-term outdoor and long-term indoor signage solutions.

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  • Coreflute: This PP corrugated sheet is a lightweight solution for short-term indoor and outdoor use. Corflute is also able to be mounted onto slightly curved surfaces. It's commonly used for construction and building site signage, as well as other temporary applications.

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  • Self-adhesive vinyl: If you need durable signage to adhere directly to rough or curved surfaces, self-adhesive vinyl signs and labels are the solution for you. Made from a high quality 3M adhesive vinyl, this solution adheres to almost any dry, clean surface for a long-lasting stick.

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  • Alucopanel: One of our custom solutions, alucopanel is a rigid, strong and lightweight material. Its aluminium and polyethylene construction makes it an ideal material for display or front fascia signage, or when you need a rigid, hard-wearing solution.

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How can you mount a safety sign?

Depending on the surface it will be mounted to, there are a range of solutions available. To help make the choice easier, read our general mounting guidelines below.

  • Cable and wire ties — best for chain wire fencing.
  • Screws — best for outdoor timber fencing, outdoor metal walls, aluminium sheeting or fascias.
  • 3M VHB double sided tape — best for outdoor metal walls, fascias, aluminium sheeting, smooth concrete or concrete walls, interior plasterboard walls or glass.
  • Wall plugs and screws — best for concrete or concrete walls with a rough finish.

Our wide range of standard and custom metal, PP, alucopanel and aluminium signs under 1200mm come with pre-punched corner holes for easy mounting.

Signs and safety – they go hand in hand. Having the right sign in the right place is essential for maintaining safe processes and keeping your business running.

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