Brady - Top 5 Items to Consider When Choosing Safety Signs

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By: Thomas Smith, Product Manager, Brady Worldwide Inc.

Safety signs are a necessary component for warning and communicating messages or notices to employees and customers. In order to provide a clear and concise message, the sign must meet a variety of requirements and standards. Selecting and placing a safety sign for your facility is more than a workplace requirement, but an opportunity to prevent costly accidents or dangerous hazards for individuals within your facility.

A thin plastic sign is a poor choice for a windy outdoor employee parking lot that's expected to last 10 years or more. Similarly, a thick aluminum indoor sign identifying the nearest restroom is probably overkill and too expensive. Choosing a material for your safety sign may not seem as significant as the message or regulatory compliance of the sign. But it's important to remember that different materials are equipped for different environments and applications. If you don't select the proper material, you could end up having to replace the sign more frequently than needed.

Here are five items to consider when selecting safety signs for your facility:

    1. Match the Material to the Application

    • Fiberglass - Strong, rigid, and weather-resistant, fiberglass is one of the most durable materials for signs. It will not to chip, fade, rust, shatter or peel for up to 25 years. This material also has excellent chemical and abrasion resistance.

    • Aluminum - Aluminum signs are ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Offering excellent chemical resistance and abrasion resistance, aluminum signs can withstand tough weather conditions such as wind, rain, sunlight and high temperatures (up to 100°F) for up to eight years. This material is commonly used for parking signs, building signs and informational signs.

    • Plastic - Plastic is a cost-effective, lightweight and durable material for safety signs. Plastic signs conform to well-curved surfaces and are well suited for most indoor directional, informational, departmental and safety sign applications including fire extinguisher locations.

    • Self-Sticking Polyester and Vinyl - Self-sticking signs are economical and can be used indoors and outdoors and are extremely easy to mount. They offer an average outdoor durability of up to eight years and have a fair chemical and abrasion resistance.

Be sure to check for specific sign requirements of the regulation which you are trying to comply. There are different safety sign styles, governing regulations and recommended guidelines to choose from, depending on the application and message of your sign...

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