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The current 2002 construction standards for Subpart G are found in the Standards section.
APPLICABLE DEFINITIONS - §1926.203
Signs, signals, and barricades are important, if not critical, to the safety of the construction workers. Several important definitions are applicable to this subpart:
Barricade means an obstruction to deter the passage of persons or vehicles.
Signs are the warnings of hazard, temporarily or permanently affixed or placed, at locations where hazards exist.
Signals are moving signs, provided by workers, such as flagmen, or by devices, such as flashing lights, to warn of possible or existing hazards.
Tags are temporary signs, usually attached to a piece of equipment or part of a structure, to warn of existing or immediate hazards.
ACCIDENT PREVENTION SIGNS AND TAGS - §1926.200
Signs and symbols required by this Subpart G shall be visible at all times when work is being performed, and shall be removed or covered promptly when the hazards no longer exist.
Caution signs shall have yellow as the predominating color; black upper panel and borders; yellow lettering of "caution" on the black panel; and the lower yellow panel for additional sign wording. Black lettering shall be used for additional wording.
Standard color of the background shall be yellow; and the panel, black with yellow letters. Any letters used
Safety Instruction Signs
Directional signs, other than automotive traffic signs specified in the paragraph below, shall be white with a black panel and a white directional symbol. Any additional wording on the sign shall be black letters on the white background.
Accident Prevention Tags
Accident prevention tags shall be used as a temporary means of warning employees of an existing hazard, such as defective tools, equipment, etc. They shall not be used in place of, or as a substitute for, accident prevention signs.
Specifications for accident prevention tags similar to those shown below shall apply.
American National Standards Institute ANSI Z35.1-1968, Specifications for Accident Prevention Signs, and ANSI Z35.2-1968, Specifications for Accident Prevention Tags, contain rules which are additional to the rules prescribed in this section. The employer shall comply with these ANSI standards with respect to rules not specifically prescribed in this subpart.
SIGNALING - §1926.201
Signaling directions by flagmen shall conform to the American National Standards Institute ANSI D6.1-1971, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.
Hand signaling by flagmen shall be by use of red flags at least 18 inches square or sign paddles, and in periods of darkness, red lights.
Flagmen shall be provided with and shall wear a red or orange warning garment while flagging. Warning garments worn at night shall be of reflectorized material.
Crane and Hoist Signals
Regulations for crane and hoist signaling will be found in applicable American National Standards Institute standards.
BARRICADES - §1926.202
Barricades for protection of employees shall conform to the portions of the American National Standards Institute ANSI D6.1-1971, Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, relating to barricades.