Quick Tip — Are floor signs (that are adhered to the floor) required to warn employees of hazards ahead of them?

By: Rachel Krubsack

Publication: Employee Safety Training Advisor

Date Posted: 10/01/2019

Floor signs meeting regulations?

OSHA does not specifically require signs, such as danger and caution signs, to be placed on the floor. However, a floor sign may meet the definition of sign found at §1910.145; therefore, floor signs, if used, may be regulated by §1910.145.

Section 1910.145 defines a sign as “a surface . . . prepared for the warning of, or safety instructions of, industrial workers or members of the public who may be exposed to hazards.”

If an employer determines that the nature of the hazard is such that failure to designate it may lead to an accidental injury, then a sign in accordance with §1910.145 or other effective means, like proper training, is required.

If a floor sign meets the OSHA requirements, and is effective in communicating the hazard in time for employees to avoid it, then it appears that a floor sign may be used to meet the requirement.

However, floor signs may deteriorate or become unreadable because they are walked on. Therefore, they may need to be inspected and replaced frequently.

About the author
Rachel Krubsack - EH&S Editor

Rachel researches and creates content on a variety of workplace safety topics, including hearing conservation, training requirements, bloodborne pathogens, emergency action plans, lockout/tagout, and hazard communication.

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