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What are the advantages of custom site safety boards?
By Kevin Rowe 2 months ago No comments
All businesses understand the value of using safety signage to communicate vital safety messages to their workforce. Doing so is essential for staying compliant with health and safety regulations, and for making sure your staff have all the information they need to carry out their daily duties with minimal risk.
Investing in custom health and safety information boards for your site is a great way of taking this a step further, going beyond basic signage to provide a comprehensive on-site reference point to help keep everyone operating safely. What’s more, the customisable nature of these site boards means they can be tweaked and tailored according to the requirements of your workplace.
At SafetyBuyer, we offer a wide range of customisable site safety boards, and have launched a new guide that showcases more than 50 striking example designs. In this blog post, we explore some of the key advantages that custom site safety boards can deliver for your workplace...
Tailored safety information, specific to your site
If your business employs even one member of staff, it is legally required to display a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) poster in your workplace to provide an explanation of the most essential British health and safety laws and requirements.
However, your workers are also likely to require more detailed information on how these safe working practices apply to their specific roles.
Creating a custom site safety board can be a great way of providing this, allowing you to provide an at-a-glance information point that lays out all of your key company and site-specific health and safety policies. This could include the following details:
- Warnings about specific hazards and risks, with guidance on how to mitigate them
- Advice on the proper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the workplace
- Instructions on fire prevention, and what to do in case of emergency
- Details on who is in charge of site safety, and who to contact with queries
- Guidance on crucial first aid protocols
Rather than having to rely on generic signs and guidance, a custom safety board gives you the opportunity to zero in on the most important information your workers need to know, and to display all of it together in a single, centralised location that can be consulted at any time.
Blending visual communication with practical functionality
When it comes to reinforcing safety messages, visual communication is much more effective than the written word, which is why site safety boards are so beneficial. These large, eye-catching displays feature bold colours, logos and simple text instructions, making it easy for staff and visitors to tell at a glance what they should be doing to stay safe.
However, site safety boards are also able to go a step beyond simply telling people what to do, as they can be designed to incorporate more functional features and resources to help your staff to take action on safety. This could include:
- In-built first aid, eyewash, defibrillator, biohazard and burns kits for use in emergencies
- Dispensing points for PPE
- Mounted hand sanitiser dispensers for hygiene and COVID-19 prevention
- Fire extinguishers and mounted fire alarm activation points
- Document and clipboard holders to store copies of important safety literature
By including these vital safety resources alongside the rules and regulations, a well-designed information board can become an essential hub for all of your workplace’s safety activities, offering proactive guidance and practical aids all in one place.
Aligning your company branding with safety values
One of the keys to a fully functioning health and safety policy is ensuring that your staff have fully bought into your approach. Having an entire organisation working to uphold a strong safety culture will always be more successful when employees feel that the company has truly invested in the principle, rather than simply parroting a generic message.
By creating a custom site board that features your company logos and branding, your organisation can strengthen this sentiment, giving your communication a truly bespoke feel, and demonstrating to your staff that your safety messages are a key part of your corporate values.
It will also help to ensure that visitors to the site can tell at a glance just how committed the business is to creating a safe working environment.
A flexible, high-quality solution for every site
No matter what you are looking to achieve with your site safety board, SafetyBuyer can work with you to deliver an inexpensive, easy-to-order solution to help you set the right standards for communicating key information and safety messages on site.
Our professionally designed safety boards can be designed from scratch or based on a pre-existing template, providing the following advantages:
- High-quality, durable Correx plastic build with wipe-clean surface
- Larger boards are hinged, allowing them to fold in half for easier transportation and storage
- All symbols conform to ISO 7010, where applicable
We can usually have a finished site board with you within four or five days of your submitted logos and design being approved. We can also work flexibly based on your needs, offering next-day delivery on off-the-shelf unbranded site boards if you place your order before 3pm.
To find out more about our full range, visit our custom site safety boards page, or download our guide to branded health & safety information boards, which includes more than 50 designs for you to browse or order.