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Myth: Every possible risk needs a safety sign

December 2007

The reality

Using too many signs just guarantees no one will read any of them.

Safety signs are useful when there's a significant risk which can't be avoided or controlled in any other way. But that doesn't mean you should add a sign for every possible risk, however trivial.

Where there are serious risks in your workplace, don't just rely on signs - take practical steps to deal with them. If you do need a sign, make sure it has the right symbol and is clearly visible.

Updated 2020-08-27