Safety Color Code And Signs
USE OF PAINT
All maintenance shops and work areas should be marked with the correct colors to identify hazards, exits, safe walkways, and first-aid stations. It is acceptable to use material other than paint, such as decals and tapes, in the appropriate, similar colors. Listed below are the main colors authorized for use in maintenance shops.
Red color markings should be used to identify the following equipment or locations:
Green color markings normally on a white color background should be used for the following equipment or locations:
Black and white are the basic colors for designating housekeeping and interior traffic markings. The following areexamples of where solid white, solid black, single-colorstriping, alternate stripes of black and white, or black and white squares will be used.
Blue color markings are used on the outside of switch boxes electrical controls that are the starting point or power source for hazardous electrical machinery or equipment.
Orange markings are used to designate dangerous parts of machines or energized equipment, including electrical conduits, which may cut, crush, shock, or injure.
CATEGORIES OF SIGNS
Signs are placed in categories according to their purpose. Use the examples in the following paragraphs as guides when choosing the correct sign design to display a message. In overseas commands, the use of International Standard Safety Signs is encouraged and authorized.
WORDING OF SIGNS
Ensure that the wording of any sign
SIGN INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE
Signs should be inspected regularly and maintained in good condition. They should be kept clean, well illuminated, and legible. Replace or repair damaged or broken signs. All signs will be designed with rounded or blunt corners and with no sharp projections. Put the ends or heads of bolts or other fastening devices where they will not cause a hazard.
SELECTION OF SIGN SIZE
When choosing a sign, consider dimensions that will permit economical use of standard size material. Base the size of the sign on the following:
REQUIRED SIGN COLORS
All signs require a predominant color based on the sign’s purpose. Below are the five types of signs and their predominant color.
Danger signs should only be used when immediate hazard exists. There will be no variations in the type or design of signs posted to warn of specific danger. All personnel will be instructed that danger signs indicate immediate danger and that special precautions are necessary.
Caution signs should be used only to warn against potential hazards or to caution against unsafe practices. All personnel will be instructed that a caution sign indicates a possible hazard against which proper precautions will be taken.
Directional signs should be used in sufficient numbers to indicate the way to stairways, fire escapes, exits, and other locations. Many other safety media are available for use in military maintenance shops.
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