Interactive Safety Signs
Definition - What does Interactive Safety Signs mean?
Interactive safety signs are the caution signs intended to warn workers about a certain hazardous situation. These communicative signs can be related to any situation at the workplace that could be harmful to workers.
The word “Interactive” stresses that these safety signs must grab the attention of workers or other individuals to immediately alert them to danger. The three main types of interactive safety signs include decibel status signs, flashing status signs, and talking and flashing signs.
Safeopedia explains Interactive Safety Signs
It takes a lot of time, effort, and funds to install generic safety signs that may require even more resources to replace them, but interactive safety signs are easy to replace with the changing precarious situations. Static safety signs might not interact well with workers, so it's more beneficial to use interactive safety signs to communicate warnings and risks to workers.
All three types of interactive safety signs include some kind of highlighted most-important or flashing information that grabs the attention of workers. There's evidence that a blinking light, which is installed to warn workers to stop before a specific point, will work much better than a stop sign.
Also consider the example of standard traffic lights to understand the primary purpose of interactive safety signs. Additionally, yellow blinking lights at a certain junction are the sign for caution, which warns people to proceed carefully at that specific point on the road.
Something else to consider is that one of the most common hazardous conditions at a workplace is extreme levels of noise. Decibel status signs are used to warn workers about the intense noise situation at a workplace by flashing a number that indicates the sound level in decibels. These signs can be different sizes and contain various warning verbiage depending on the situation.
Flashing status signs are the type of interactive safety signs that show a specific flashing status through LED lights to warn or inform the workers or other individuals about a certain situation. These LED lights or beacons mostly glow in red or green colors and may occasionally also involve a repeated voice recording to draw attention. Workers can easily spot such signs from a distance and begin operating with caution.
Talking and flashing signs are the third type of interactive safety signs. These signs draw the attention of workers via a flashing light and interact with them through a short, written status on the sign cautioning them to take additional steps in their workplace process.