Safety signs don’t last forever, and an old faded sign sends entirely the wrong message. An illegible sign says that the message is no longer important.
Safety signs are required when significant risks remain, despite existing control measures. They serve as a timely reminder to take action.
I’ve seen several poorly displayed ‘hearing protection zone’ signs lately. These signs are left in positions that are no longer in keeping with recent noise assessments and surveys. The blue mandatory hearing protection signs should be mounted at all the entrances to hearing protection zones and ideally ear plug dispensers should be wall mounted in close proximity. You should also locate these signs at appropriate places within the zones as necessary. Take down old, redundant signs and replace with new ones periodically. Otherwise they become a part of the wallpaper syndrome, going un-noticed.
Hearing protection zones should not extend any further than is necessary and where the boundaries of the zone cannot easily be marked you could attach signs to the work equipment instead. Don’t use signs in isolation, make sure you give written and verbal instructions on where and when protectors should be worn.
Our Proof-Check system offers compliance assurance to give you peace of mind that you are duly diligent in managing your occupational health and safety risks. Your consultant will examine all aspects of health and safety relevant to your organisation, offering helpful advice and guidance along the way. We take time to talk, discuss and have safety conversations – this is not a scary impersonal audit.
We pride ourselves on offering a personalised coaching and mentoring service. Formal health and safety training courses have their place, but only go so far. If you have responsibility for health and safety at work but feel you need face-to-face guidance and answers to your specific needs, we are here to lend a helping hand.
Our audits are comprehensive examinations of your Health and Safety management systems. They can offer peace of mind of the effectiveness of the procedures you have in place, and offer effective solutions and calls to action where non-conformances are identified.
“We came through the process very well with no further visits by the authority – I would just like to pass my grateful thanks on to you for your input in helping to ensure we meet the standard of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005”
CS – Managing Director