Different Safety Signs in the Ships Explained

by OldSailor on October 9, 2007

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This post is to explain, why different types of safety signs are displayed in the ship.

Safety Signs: Safety Signs are provided in the ships for the safety of the ship’s crew and the ship.

  • Safety signs must be at all times clear, legible and unambiguous in their content.
  • Safety signs must be of right size to be viewed from the maximum distance at which the hazard exists.
  • Safety signs should only be used where it can be proved beyond doubt that it is not reasonably practical to remove the hazard by another means
  • Safety signs must also be used to highlight any hazards with residual risk.

1. Prohibition Sign: A sign prohibiting behaviour likely to cause a risk to health or safety.

Shape and colour:

a. round shape

b. black pictogram on a white background, red edging and diagonal line (the red part to take up at least 35% of the area of the sign)

Jumping into water prohibited

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2.Warning Sign: A sign giving a warning of a risk to health or safety

Shape and colour:

a. triangular shape

b. black pictogram on a yellow background, black edging (the yellow part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign)

Warning – electric shock

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3.Mandatory Sign: A sign prescribing behaviour.

Shape and colour:

a. round shape

b. white pictogram on a blue background (the blue part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign)

sound signal must be given

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4.Emergency Escape or First Aid Sign: A sign giving information on escape routes or emergency exits or first aid or rescue facilities.

Shape and colour:

a. rectangular or square shape

b. white pictogram on a green background (the green part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign)

Emergency door

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5.Fire Safety Sign: A sign (including an illuminated sign or an acoustic signal) which:

  • provides information on escape routes and emergency exits in case of fire;
  • provides information on the identification or location of fire-fighting equipment; or
  • gives warning in case of fire.

Shape and colour:

a. rectangular or square shape

b. white pictogram on a red background (the red part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign)

Prohibition of using an open flame – smoking prohibited

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6.Supplementary Sign: A sign with text only that may be used in conjunction with a safety sign in order to provide additional information.

Shape and colour:

a. rectangular or square shape

b. text colour to be the same as the colour of the pictogram on a background of the same colour as the safety sign

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Note – a supplementary sign can only be used in conjunction with the safety sign and it must be part of or immediately adjacent to the pictogram.

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svetlana August 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM

very fruitful info

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