For the safety of your employees, customers and the general public, it is critical to have the appropriate safety and warning signs to help them to safely navigate your exterior space.

As a result of our current conditions related to the COVID-19 virus, safety, social distancing, hygiene, and wayfinding signage is at the forefront.  Many businesses have had to change their working hours, adjust accessibility to their facilities and direct customers to safe areas for drop off or pick up, post reminders related to social distancing, etc. These signs have typically been custom designed for their specific purpose. Paramount Signs is here to support your needs regarding custom signage and incorporating standard components and processes to keep costs down.

In addition to the Social Distancing and COVID-19 virus signs, we can also help you improve safety and reduce risk while complying with OSHA, ANSI and ADA regulations

Retail, medical sites, construction sites, refineries, lumberyards, repair depots and other outdoor workspaces must follow safety signage guidelines or risk fines for noncompliance with OSHA and ANSI rules.

ADA regulations apply to stores, restaurants, malls, theaters, libraries, apartments,  schools and most other facilities.

OSHA warning signs and danger signs

OSHA, or the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, requires that labels, tags, and signs

“shall be used as a means to prevent accidental injury or illness to employees who are exposed to hazardous or potentially hazardous conditions, equipment or operations which are out of the ordinary, unexpected or not readily apparent. Tags shall be used until such time as the identified hazard is eliminated or the hazardous operation is completed.”

  • OSHA danger signs: These outdoor compliance signs warn of immediate risk and advise that special safety precautions are necessary. Red, black and white colors are reserved for OSHA danger signs.
  • OSHA caution signs: On these outdoor safety signs, OSHA specifies a yellow background with a black panel and yellow letters. OSHA caution signs warn workers of potential hazards or caution them against unsafe practices.
  • OSHA safety instruction signs: Post these outdoor compliance signs wherever there’s a need for general safety instructions or suggestions. Per their rules, OSHA safety instruction signs should have a white background with a green panel featuring white letters.

ANSI construction safety signage

In addition to OSHA, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) governs outdoor safety signs. In the absence of OSHA rules, ANSI regulations come into effect. Of course, you must also adhere to all applicable federal, state and municipal regulations for outdoor compliance signs.

  • ANSI danger signs: These outdoor compliance signs alert workers to immediate hazards that will result in death or serious injury. ANSI danger signs feature white letters on a red background.
  • ANSI warning signs: Notify employees of conditions that can result in death or serious injury with ANSI warning signs. These outdoor safety signs feature black letters on an orange background.
  • ANSI caution signs: Black letters on a yellow background mark these outdoor compliance signs. ANSI caution signs tell workers of situations that may result in minor or moderate injuries.
  • ANSI notice signs: Give workers important general information with ANSI notice signs. On them, white letters appear over a blue background.
  • ANSI general safety signs: Suggest general safety measures to employees with these outdoor safety signs. White letters on a green background identify ANSI general safety signs.

ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act signage

Many think ADA-compliant signs are only for interior applications. However, facilities must be compliant both indoors and outdoors.

Outdoor ADA entrance signs: Signs that identify specific entrances must meet ADA compliance standards.

  • ADA parking signs: Parking spaces and especially handicap parking spots should be clearly labeled. The number of spaces and signage designs fall under ADA guidelines.
  • Outdoor ADA restroom signs: Parks, stadiums pavilions and other facilities that have outdoor bathrooms need ADA signs.
  • Outdoor ADA wayfinding signs: Signs that provide directions to visitors must meet accessibility ADA standards. Examples include arrows or maps.

Just because your business and facility’s operations must be up to code and meet all associated regulations, your exterior safety and compliance sign solutions don’t have to be boring! By choosing to go against the standard materials, colors, and digital graphics, your safety and compliance signs will be far more visible and will better represent a sophisticated brand. Signs can be customized and branded while still adhering to the regulations setting your business up for success! Paramount Signs is ready to consult with you to create compliant signage that visually appealing and represents your brand while respecting your budget. Whether in a pinch or planning for the future, we are here to make your experience the best it can be and leave your business set up for success. We believe that getting you noticed is PARAMOUNT! Contact us today for a free quote!

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