What are the different types of warning signs?

Whether you are a Missouri property owner, an employer or anyone in charge of maintaining a property, you have a duty to mark off dangerous areas or places of potential hazards to anyone who walks into that location unwarily. One of the simplest ways to warn people of a dangerous spot is to use a warning sign. Depending on the level of risk, you will have to choose the right kind of sign to convey the proper warning.

The Grainger website explains that there are three kinds of warning signs classified by OSHA. For locations with the most serious and immediate risk, a danger sign is to be used. A danger sign should be employed if a person risks serious injury or death by walking into a particular spot. Danger signs are characterized by the use of white, black or red colors. Generally, a danger sign will sport a “danger” or “warning” label.

When the situation is not as severe, property owners will use caution signs. A caution sign denotes a location that might lead to a moderate or minor injury. Caution signs use a yellow color for a background as well as a black panel. Letters used on the black panel are supposed to be yellow, while letters on the yellow background should be black.

Finally, for situations that require the property owner to lay out safety procedures for a particular area, a safety instruction sign is used. OSHA mandates that safety instruction signs use a white background with a green panel. Lettering used on the white background should be black and lettering on the green panel should be white.

No matter which sign is employed for a particular situation, the sign should be placed in a spot that will be easily visible to all who need to see it. These signs must also convey their warnings in clear language that people can understand. Doing so can prevent someone from suffering serious harm or even death on a Missouri property.

Please note that this article is not written to give you legal advice. Its purpose is to convey educational benefit to the reader about premises liability topics.


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