Safety Sign Standards

AUSTRALIAN STANDARD 1319-1994 SAFETY SIGNS FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL ENVIRONMENT

A Standard is a published document which sets out specifications and procedures designed to ensure that a material, product, method or service is fit for its purpose and consistently performs in the way it was intended.

Standard Danger Sign

DANGER SIGNS

AS 1319 specifies that these signs are to be used where conditions are likely to be life threatening. The sign is to incorporate the word Danger in white letters on a red oval shape inside a black rectangle.

Standard Warning

WARNING/CAUTION SIGNS

AS 1319 specifies that these signs warn of conditions that are NOT likely to be life threatening if the message is ignored. The symbol used is a yellow triangle with a black enclosure.

Standard Mandatory Sign

MANDATORY SIGNS

AS 1319 specifies these signs should be a blue disc with the symbol in white. The word MUST is usually contained in the message.

Standard Prohibition sign

PROHIBITION SIGNS

AS 1319 specifies these signs are to have a red annulus and slash symbol on a white background. They indicate actions or activities that are not permitted.

Standard Emergency Sign

SAFETY/EMERGENCY SIGNS

AS 1319 specifies these signs should comprise of a white symbol or text on a green rectangle with white enclosure. These signs indicate the location of, or direction to emergency related facilities and first aid or safety equipment.

General Information Signs

NOTICE SIGNS

These signs do not comply to Australian Standards but are produced due to popular demand. They are used to convey information of a general nature.

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Safety Sign legible viewing distance guide
Signs should be large enough to view without straining the eyes when communicating safety messages to employees and/or visitors. Therefore, choosing the size of a sign is more than fitting it to the space you have available. In order to comply with AS 1319, you must consider the environment, lighting and viewing distance – these factors will determine the size of sign required to suit your application. The recommended minimum sizes as per AS 1319 are as follow. For a pictogram and worded sign in a factory or work environment, where lighting is good and the sign will be mounted in a reasonably prominent position: