Update of International Safety Signs Standard ISO 7010

Next to safety inspection, the top
mitigation and prevention technique to avoid hazards and incidents is clear and
effective signage. This is a crucial part of ensuring that a workplace conforms
to industrial standards whilst helping to ensure that employees can work in a
safe manner. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has
recently published an update for its standard referring to safety signage ISO
7010. It will help to further help to prevent accidents and injury across
various industries.

ISO 7010 is based around the need to
provide safety information that relies as little as possible on text to achieve
comprehension. By bypassing the need to use words to achieve the message, it is
often clearer and easier for employees, customers and other stakeholders to
understand what is trying to be communicated. A lack of this may encourage
confusion and thereafter increase the risk of accidents. Whilst this does not
replace work methods, ISO 7010 charges organisations with providing appropriate
signage in workplaces or work areas, and labelling products, escape routes and
safety guidance in a sufficient manner. ISO 7010 chiefly prescribes particular
attention to Graphical symbols, Safety Colours, Safety Signs and Registered
Safety Signs. Amongst these headings, the standard outlines ways in which
safety signs can be used to prevent accidents, protect against fires, display
health hazard information and evacuate during emergencies.

Using standards like ISO 7010 is made
easier when combining and integrating them with mobile inspection solutions.
They can be adeptly incorporated with a digital or paperless application as
part of a safety audit procedure or integrated directly into a paperless
checklist. There are many benefits of incorporating such standards into a
paperless inspection solution such as
what Mr Jan-Bernd Stell notes: “International standardization of safety signs
means everyone speaks the same language when it comes to safety. This provides
a simple solution for everyone”. As Mr Stell references, part of the reason
that inspection solutions prove such a good partner to safety signage standards
is that every employee will have access to safety guidance with top monitoring.
By promoting information sharing, highlighting things that need attention
through image capture and annotation and automated corrective actions, the
occupational health and safety of a workplace can be drastically improved. This
means that the signs available will likely have a greater effect as they will
provide guidance over an area that is likewise being monitored by a paperless
inspection solution. Working together in this way, the paperless inspection
solution and safety signage can provide the best protection against incidents
in any industry workplace.

To learn more about ISO 7010, please visit:

Source: https://www.iso.org/obp/ui/#iso:std:iso:7010:ed-3:v1:en

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