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Using the corect colours for your safety signage
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Choosing the right colours for your sign

When you're making your own bespoke safety sign, be sure to use the correct colouring and pictogram that is suitable for the message you are trying to convey.

These are signs that are prohibiting people for carrying out a certain action. For example a sign that instructs 'Do not distract the machine operator' would be on a red backround (if no pictogram is used) or a prohibition circle with the text underneath as in these examples:

Prohibition Sign Example OR Prohibition Sign Example

These are signs that warn people of a potential hazard. This could be an uneven surface, slippery floor or any other hazard that would put employees or the public in danger. The colour for these signs is yellow. Here are a couple of examples:

Cautionary Sign ExampleOR Cautionary Sign Example

These are signs that inform people that an action MUST be performed. The colour for these signs in blue. Here are a couple of examples:

Mandatory Sign ExampleOR Mandatory Sign Example


The colours for road signs are slightly different. Whereas red is the colour for prohibition on a safety sign, for a road sign, red is generally used as a colour for warnings and instructions such as:

Red Road Sign Example Red Road Sign Example

Yellow is generally used for signs giving directions such as:

Yellow Road Sign Example Yellow Road Sign Example

So now be sure to use the correct colour for the message you are trying to convey. In generall it is always best to use a pictogram. If a specific pictogram is not available for your message, you can always revert to using the standard exclamation mark in the correct colour or standard prohibition circle.

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