Safety Sign Audit

Ensuring that businesses have the correct OHS related signs in the workplace

Safety Sign Audit

A safety sign audit of your workplace will ensure that you have correct signs. We look at type, size, location and sign material. Incorrect, too small, wrong location or type of sign material may result in critical safety messages not getting across to your workers. This may lead to an injury, which will be a cost burden to the business.

Safety Resources Australia has skilled WHS consultants that can come to your workplace and access your exiting signs. If they are correct, then all is good. However, if we determine any issues then we will advise what is wrong and how to correct it. 

We conduct the sign audits in accordance with

  • AS 1319 – Safety signs for the occupational environment; or
  • AS 1742.1 – Manual of uniform traffic control devices – road signs


Sign Types

Safety signs are divided into different types that include:

  • Danger – Potential for loss of life or serious incident;
  • Prohibition – Can’t do it. i.e. No Smoking;
  • Caution – Make workers aware of workplace hazards;
  • Mandatory – Things that must be done or worn;
  • Fire – Fire extinguishers, hose reels etc.
  • Emergency Information – First Aid, Safety Showers etc.
  • Notice – Signs that provide information – i.e. All visitors must report to site office etc.
  • General signs – i.e. Reception or Office etc.

It is very important that the correct type of sign is used to address a particular workplace task, hazard or control.

Sign Size

The sign size is a very often overlooked area. Some businesses simply buy a sign size based on what is available. This is a poor practice as sign size is related to how far the sign can be read from.

Hence, if the message needs to be read early, then it is important that the sign is large and can be seen from far away. Alternatively, if a sign is on a control panel, to remind the operator of a hazard then the sign can be small.

When Safety Resources Australia audits your signs we determine how far away the sign needs to be read from.  With that information, we provide advice on the correct sign size.


Sign Location

Sign location is another often overlooked area. It is important that signs are located where they will be seen by people either near the work area or are in it.

For example a mandatory sign that details all required PPE needs to be at each entry to the work area rather than being on an inside wall. People need to know before they enter the work area not afterwards.

Furthermore, it is poor practice to keep adding more signs in one location as this leads to “sign blindness”. As a result important safety messages will be lost. 

Sign Material

Metal signs are the most expensive but also the most durable (except if close to the ocean). They will not warp or go yellow from continued sun exposure. Hence, metal signs are best for outside locations. 

Polypropylene signs are slightly cheaper and are suitable for any internal location that is not subject to excessive heat.

Corflute signs are the cheapest but have the least durability, generally a maximum of six months. They are a good material to use on construction sites as they are light and easy to install. They are also easy to remove once the construction hazard has finished.


Contact us

Safety Resources Australia has conducted sign audits at many different workplaces including mine sites, industrial factories, warehouses and office buildings. We have experienced and competent consultants who can undertake your sign audit.

Please contact us today in order to discuss your Safety Sign Audit needs.


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