Warning Signs Tip

A man enters a little country store and sees a sign reading “Danger! Beware of Dog.” Just inside the door, he sees an old hound dog lying asleep on the floor. “Is that the dog folks are supposed to beware of?” says the man to the clerk. “Yep,” replies the clerk. “Before I posted that sign, everyone kept tripping over him.”

Warning signs can be a very effective way of preventing accidents, and in most cases these are required by regulation. Requirements include signs for emergency egress, signs for machine and electrical safety, signs locating fire extinguishers, signs for safe chemical storage and use, and many more situations. Many of the OSHA regulations have signage requirements. Failure to have the required signs can result in injuries, property loss, and non-compliance.