Procedure: Safety signage
- The scope of this procedure applies to all buildings and areas of the University campus and aligns with the requirements as described in AS 1319-1994 Safety Signs for the Occupational Environment. This procedure describes:
- Regulatory signage;
- Hazard signage; and
- Emergency information signage.
- This procedure does not cover fire signage nor construction signage. Facilities and Services is responsible for the management, installation and maintenance of fire safety signs and coordinating the development, erection and removal of signage for construction projects on campus. Major projects are responsible for the coordination of construction signage for non-Facilities and Services delivered construction projects.
- The following responsibilities are to be completed:
- local area management are responsible for ensuring this procedure is enforced;
- local area WHS Officers are responsible for assisting in implementing this procedure;
- supervisors are responsible for assisting and monitoring that this procedure is implemented within the areas of their responsibility; and
- all workers and visitors are to comply with safety signage as described in this procedure.
- Regulatory signs contain instructions with which failure to comply constitutes either an offence at law, or breach of standing orders, safety procedures or other directions, depending on which kind of control has been imposed at the worksite. They are subdivided as follows:
- Prohibition signs - signs that indicate that an action or activity is not permitted;
- Mandatory signs - signs that indicate that an instruction must be carried out; and
- Limitation or restriction signs - signs that place a numerical or other defined limit on an activity or use of a facility e.g. speed restriction. These signs are not covered by this procedure.
- Hazard signs advise of hazards. They are subdivided into danger signs and warning signs.
Emergency information signs
- Emergency information signs indicate the location of, or directions to, emergency- related facilities such as exits, safety equipment or first aid facilities.
Identification of areas requiring signs
- Areas requiring signage are identified through a number of mechanisms, including workplace inspections. Signage is to conform with the following:
- conform with Australian Standards (AS) 1319:1994 Safety signs in the occupational environment;
- contain appropriate warning and hazard information;
- be clear in purpose, visible and readable;
- be in good condition;
- not block vision through door vision windows; and
- where multiple signs are present, ensure all are necessary and do not contain conflicting information.
- Local areas with existing signage shall review the existing signage against the current usage. Where local areas have changed or hazards have changed then identification of the appropriate signage is to be made.
- Old signs must be removed when new signs are available.
- Local areas without signage shall review hazards in that area and identify any appropriate signage that would aid in the control of these hazards.
Provision of signs
- To aid in identifying the need for signage, the following examples can be used to provide guidance on the types of signage that may typically be required:
- If there is a need to indicate that an action or activity is not permitted, e.g. indicate restricted access to an undergraduate teaching laboratory preparation room, a prohibition symbol sign is required.
- If workers are required to wear personal protective equipment within the area, a mandatory symbol sign is required.
- If there is a need to identify areas that contain a particular hazard or hazardous condition that is likely to be life threatening, then a danger sign that identifies the hazard is required.
- If there is a need to identify areas that contain a particular hazard or hazardous condition that is not likely to be life threatening, a warning sign is required.
- If there is a need to indicate the location of, or directions to, emergency related facilities such as safety equipment or first aid facilities, an emergency information sign is required.
Chemical Hazard signs
- Signage needs to be in accordance with Dangerous Substances (General) Regulation 2004. Refer to Placard and manifest quantities in ‘A Guide to the Dangerous Substances Act 2004’ for minimum quantities when placarding becomes mandatory. Only a small number of local areas in the University may be required to follow the placarding requirements.
- All signs using symbols should be selected from the standard set described in AS 1319:1994 Safety signs for the occupational environment.
- If an appropriate symbol is not available, a local area symbol may be developed. All symbols developed should comply with AS2342:1992 Development, testing and implementation of information and safety symbols and symbolic signs.
- The following qualities are to be considered when determining the location of signage:
- visibility (must comply with AS 1428.4.1:2009 Design of access and mobility – Means to assist the orientation of people with vision impairment;
- siting of signs;
- should not present a hazard;
- should not be placed on moveable objects such as doors;
- illumination is to be considered in areas of poor lighting; and
- number of signs to be considered such that vital information is not lost amongst many signs.
- No additional training is required as part of this procedure.
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|Purpose||To define the requirements for the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) to mitigate workplace risks at the University.|
|Topic/ SubTopic||Health, Safety & Environment - Occupational Health & Safety|
|Effective Date||21 May 2018|
|Next Review Date||31 Dec 2023|
|Responsible Officer:||Chief People Officer|
|Approved By:||Chief Operating Officer|
|Contact Area||Safety and Wellbeing|
National Self-Insurer WHS Audit Tool
Work Health & Safety Act 2011
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