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Safety Signals

Viimati uuendatud: 25.02.2017

Safety Signals

Safety signals are, depending on the situation, the used marking, sign or colour, light or sound signal and an oral or bodily signal that indicates a certain object, activity or situation and gives information about the desired or forbidden activity (e.g. wear a helmet or area restricted to pedestrians).

The use of safety signals is required on fields of activity and workplaces with a significant health risk and where using the appropriate signal helps to decrease it. For instance, it is not rare that instructions must be signalled to the drivers when they manoeuvre the lifting devices or transport loads. Other workplaces might have the risk of leg injury despite the measures applied to decrease the health hazard. In this case, the employee must be informed with a safety sign to use the appropriate protective footwear. However, it must be understood that the safety signals do not replace safety measures aimed at decreasing or avoiding the health risks.

It is apt that employers explain to the employees in which situations the safety signals must be used. It is possible that the employee will then notice work situations in which signals should also be used, and informs the employer.

The employer is obliged to inform the employees about the used safety signals and explain the meaning of signs because when the employee does not understand the meaning of the signal, they cannot behave as expected by the sign.

The safety marks are introduced in Regulation No. 75 by the Ministry of Social Affairs “Requirements for the use of safety and/or health signs at work”.

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