Striking difference between danger sign & hazard sign

Danger sign is a sign which shows that a particular substance has the potential to cause immediate, negative reactions. It is one of the safety signs.

Generally, safety signs are a type of sign designed to warn of hazards, indicate mandatory actions or required use of Personal protective equipment, prohibit actions or objects, identify the location of firefighting or safety equipment, or marking of exit routes.

In addition to being encountered in industrial facilities; safety signs are also found in public places and communities, at electrical pylons and Electrical substations, cliffs, beaches, bodies of water, on motorized equipment, such as lawn mowers, and areas closed for construction or demolition.

In a danger sign, the word “danger” is mostly printed in white capital letters against an attention-grabbing red oval on a black background.

This sign should not be confused with hazard sign as the two are significantly different.

Where danger sign portrays something that can cause immediate negative reactions when you are exposed to it directly. Like a sign portraying dangerous materials (Corrosive, Flammable, Explosive, etc.)

A hazard sign is a warning, telling you that the substance(s) in question could be detrimental to your long-term health. The harm in this case can take days, months or even years to start presenting with symptoms.

Read Also: Mandatory signs and their meanings

Possible detrimental outcomes from being exposed to chemicals with a hazard warning include:

  • Poisoning
  • Burning
  • Skin sensitivity
  • Cancer
  • Cause harm to unborn baby

Typical example of a danger sign

As already stated above, in the sign, the word “DANGER” is boldly printed in white capital letters against an oval red background.

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By Ubong Edet

A passionate Health and Safety professional with a good level of field experience and relevant certifications including NEBOSH, OSHA, ISO, etc certifications. An Health and Safety activist who believes in the growth and continual improvement of the profession. He is going all out to create awareness and safe precious lives.

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