Safety and ADA Signs

Safety and ADA Compliant Signs

Staying compliant with the regulations that are covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) can be tricky. It is easy to create a sign that does not quite match the rules of the ADA when it is your first time. Our team is well-versed in which materials work best for each product and how to stay compliant with the right design, installation options, and manufacturing techniques.

The ADA requires proper Safety and ADA signage under federal and local governing bodies. Choosing the wrong signs for your business can mean being out of compliance with the law, all while trying to adhere to the rules. At our company, we have years of experience working with sign permits, understanding the rules of ADA signage, and keeping everything compliant without sacrificing good design.

Talk to us today about how we can keep your patrons safe while maintaining your company’s aesthetic standards.

  • Safety Signs

Safety signs are necessary when a hazard or potential danger can be easily avoided by using a sign. This varies from business to business. An employer must examine whether a hazard can be avoided or reduced in the workplace by using precautions, or if there is a safer way to do the work. An example includes a prohibition sign, such as do not smoke in a gas station.

The Safety Health and Welfare at Work Regulations also apply to safety signs. Under these regulations, safety signboards do not contain text. Instead, clear symbols are used and are explained either in an employee handbook or verbally to employees. If a company would prefer some text to explain the symbol, a supplemental sign may be used. Our team has years of experience working with companies on both signboards and supplementary sign boards that are clear and concise while maintaining an aesthetic appeal.

  • Colors and Shapes on Safety Signboards

To create concise safety signboards, there are certain colors and shapes that should be used. Red should only be used when prohibiting something, such as no food or do not run. Yellow, however, is used for caution. This includes warnings about potentially hazardous materials or in construction sites where materials are less secure and are prone to fall.

Green signals a positive action, which typically lets passersby know where they are permitted as opposed to where they are not allowed. Blue is used for mandatory actions, such as needing safety goggles or a hardhat. Symbols also help to make signage easier to understand.

A disc shaped sign is used for both prohibitions and instructions. This typically includes both red and blue signage. Triangles are utilized for warnings and are typically yellow signs. Squares and rectangles are used in emergency situations and for information signs, such as supplementary signboards.

  • ADA Signs

ADA signage is meant to help make buildings accessible to people with visual disabilities. This means adding proper signage to help those who cannot see properly navigate your facilities without putting them in harm’s way. The most common misconception is that these regulations only apply to those who are completely blind when they also apply to those who are legally blind but do still have some vision.

This means signs also must have high contrast with bold lettering in addition to braille and tactile lettering at the bottom. The regulations are in place to help provide optimal readability for all patrons.

Not all signage needs to be ADA compliant and have Braille and tactile lettering. Building addresses, parking signs, directories, and temporary signs do not fall under these regulations. Our team has years of experience adhering to these laws. If you have a project and are not sure if your signs fall under the regulations, we can provide design support and information on how to keep your business ADA compliant.