Safety signs construction or roadwork considerations are an important part of the traffic management design process that site operators are required to meet by legislation. These regulations are set out in chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual andares applicable to construction and road work developments taking place across the whole of the country.
While these regulations must be met, there are also many other good practice considerations that should be made by any site operator. We cover both the regulations, as well as good practice techniques, in this blog post.
As aforementioned, any site designer should consult with chapter 8 of the Traffic Signs Manual before finalising any safety signs for construction and roadworks. This include all of the things that a designer needs to know in order to ensure that sites operate to the minimum standard of health and safety expected. But application is also an important part of the regulation process.
So workers need to ensure that signs are secured by sandbags, that signage clearly labels the owner of said signs, that these construction safety signs do not obscure drivers, and that signage is recovered at the end of the operation.
Good practice also dictates that every site is double-checked to ensure that the right signage has been placed. Reputable construction firms like Blue Iron cidh pile services always do this.
With so many signs needing to be set up on larger sites, it's not impossible for similar signage to be mixed up and for drivers and/or pedestrians to be fed incorrect information. The signage must also be appropriately placed. While a designer may take such considerations into account, there may be particular changes or peculiarities that crop up at the site's location that wasn’t there when the plan was put forward.
Lastly, signs should be checked regularly to ensure they are clean and legible. Dirt and stones can be flung up by passing vehicles which could damage or obscure the safety signs in construction and roadwork sites.
Construction Warning Signs Versus Signboards: What Is The Difference?
Construction warning signs serve an important role within many industries today as a part of meeting government-issued health and safety standards. It is the responsibility of employers and those who have control of work sites to ensure that these places, and the equipment within, are safe. This is part of complying with the Health And Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 which were last updated in 2015. Whilst reading up about this area, you may have come across the term ‘signboard'.
A signboard is actually a category of construction safety signs providing some sort of instruction or information by the usage of symbols, shapes and colours. Some may come with accompanying text, but others are purely visual. There are temporary road work signs and temporary construction signs that come under this category – such as an arrow that helps filter traffic into a new lane, or a signboard depicting when a road is icy or when there are loose chippings. Then there is the instantly recognizable ‘No Entry' sign – which is a white horizontal rectangle in a red circle.
A healthy variety of construction signs – including signboards – that are well placed is a good way to keep the brains of workers, pedestrians, and drivers alert and aware of any hazards at a site. It's important that these signs are clear, legible, and correctly sized to ensure that all health and safety standards are being met.
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