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How Long Should Your Safety Signs Last?

For many businesses, safety signs are the surest way to minimise the risk of accident and injury for their employees. After undertaking a full risk assessment, they can be installed in minutes and use universally recognised imagery to ensure the message can always be read. While most safety signs aren’t overly expensive, they are still an investment in your business. And, you may be wondering how long they should last? Let’s look into that here.

What Causes Safety Signs To Degrade?

As with anything in the workplace, wear-and-tear occurs over time to safety signs. While protective coatings are used on many designs, over-exposure to direct sunlight can cause the dye to fade. If signs aren’t properly cleaned and maintained, the build-up of dirt and grime can cause damage and reduce the visibility of the information provided. And, in rigorous environments, the possibility of impact or damage increases. There are all manner of reasons why a safety sign may need replacing over time but the most significant is if the message cannot be understood easily.

How To Keep Safety Signs For Longer

Signs, like the high-quality ones we offer here at Lasting Impressions, are designed to stand the test of time. However, there are things you can do to make them last even longer:

  • Include your safety signs in daily maintenance – e.g wipe them down and clean away any dirt.
  • Choose the right material for every location – Alupanel for outdoors/ self-adhesive vinyl for indoors, for example.
  • If possible, position safety signs away from direct sunlight.

How Long Will They Last?

No matter how well-cared-for a safety sign is, it will eventually need replacing. Most standard plastic signs should last anywhere between 3 and 5 years, depending on the conditions. Aluminium signs are more durable and can offer 7 years in the right conditions. Alupanel signs are designed to be exceptionally hardwearing and resistant to damage from extreme weather conditions. You can expect these to last for 7+ years, depending on the environment.

Here at Lasting Impressions, we design and manufacture safety signs for modern business. Taking into account the limited time for maintenance, demands of high foot traffic and the need for information to be visible, each one of our signs performs an exceptional job. If you would like more information or advice on ensuring your chosen sign lasts for longer, get in contact with us here today.