PPE Signage

PPE stands for Personal Protective Equipment, and it is integral to protecting people working in dangerous environments. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the term PPE has become a buzzword. However, employees in health and industrial sectors are using the phrase since the early 20th century.

PPE acts as the first line of defense against pollutants, biological agents, dust, harmful gases, viruses, and much more. To ensure proper usage and maximum protection, using the right PPE at the right place and right time is necessary. Using PPE signs is one of the best ways to ensure a safe working environment for employees and visitors to your premises.


Depending on PPE types, like hand and hearing protection, eye protection, face and body protection, and respiratory protection, signs also vary greatly. PPE is required or recommended, depending on the nature of the job. PPE signs act as a reminder to the employees to wear their PPE.

With various OH&S(Organizational Health and Safety) headers, like: Warning, Caution, Danger, and General Notice; PPE signs can help employees understand where and when they should wear PPE and what type of PPE is needed. Apart from reminding the employees to wear PPE, PPE signs remove language barriers. Signage contains essential information which is common in almost all languages, like red for indicating danger.

PPE signs should be placed where they are visible to everyone. Putting them on doors or on front facing walls are often a good choice. PPE signs vary in size, from small to large. Though there are PPE signs for almost any purpose, custom ones are often required for some industries and hazards.

Below are some tips to make custom PPE signs more noticeable and effective:
- Prioritize readability
- Use graphics
- Use contrasting colours
- Pick a bold font
- Add a border to the sign (increases read speed by almost 26%)