The Canadians with Disabilities Act (CDA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSH) require certain signs to be on display in every business for the safety and well-being of all who may use that space. In order to comply, it is important to understand the function and importance of these safety and dissability signs. In fact, understanding these signs can help you make your business more inclusive, and safer, for all of your employees and guests as well as your customers or clients.
Beyond aesthetic and marketing, some signs have a much more important role in a business, helping to serve your customers. While there is no single, consistent, national standard for accessibility signage, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) serves as a guiding standard for many companies. For example, their publication Barrier-Free Design focuses on character proportion, illumination, tactile characters, access symbols, and contrast.
Generally speaking, safety signs need to be high-contrast colours so that they are easily visible even in low-light settings. The safety of your employees, guests, and customers should not be taken lightly and that is why safety signs should always be used in accordance with regulations. In some cases, a safety sign is intended to protect customers from potentially dangerous areas in your facility that should only be entered into by those wearing appropriate safety gear. Often, equipment needs to be labeled "high voltage" if it could cause harm to someone who got too close. There are a lot of safety signs required for businesses that are required to maintain compliance with OHS regulations.
Signarama Can Help You Ensure Compliance with OHS
As these signs need to comply with specific regulations, it is important to have them made by professionals who are familiar with the regulations. Signarama not only knows the laws for safety signs and barrier-free design, our sign experts also have a clear understanding of where and how these signs need to be installed. We are here to help you ensure everyone has access to your business in a safe manner whenever necessary. Contact your local Signarama to discuss starting with an evaluation of your existing safety signs.
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