Safety Signs

Australian Standard AS 1319-1994 (log in with UNSW staff/student ID and zPass) sets out design and use standards for safety signs used in the occupational environment. Safety signs are classified by function into groups. Not all signs used in the workplace are covered by AS 1319-1994. 

Regulatory Signs

  • Mandatory signs indicate that an instruction must be carried out. When symbols are used they are white on a blue disc. Text-only mandatory signs are black on white in a portrait format.
  • Prohibition signs indicate that an action or activity is not permitted. The symbolic shape used is the red annulus and slash overa black symbol. It is allowable for the sign to contain only the red annulus and text with no symbol.

Hazard Signs

  • Warning signs are signs that warn of a hazard or hazardous condition that is not likely to be life-threatening. The symbolic shape is a black triangle with yellow interior and black symbol. Sign wording, if necessary, is in black lettering on a yellow background.
  • Danger signs are signs that warn of a hazard or hazardous condition that is likely to be life-threatening. The red, black and white danger header can appear on signs in a portrait, landscape or horizontal format. Symbols are not used on danger signs.

Additional Groups

  • Fire signs advise the location of fire alarms and fire fighting equipment. Fire signs contain a white symbol on a red background.
  • Emergency signs indicate the location of, or direction to, emergency related facilities such as exits, first aid and safety equipment. These signs feature a white symbol and/or text on a green background.
  • Information signs communicate information of a general nature in order to avoid misunderstanding or confusion.
  • Dangerous Goods signs (HAZCHEM) help people manage the transport and storage of dangerous good in accordance with the regulatory requirements of the Work Health and Safety Regulations 349 and 350.