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Sign Size vs. Sign Distance

Ensure Signs Are Properly Sized For Maximum Effectiveness

Sign Size vs. Sign Distance

Understanding Sign Size vs. Sign Distance Helps To Prevent Accidents

Signs and visual controls are relied on daily to ensure that workers are doing the right thing, the right way, at the right time and for the right reason — even when no one is watching. To ensure signs are effective, analyze the viewing distance with sign placement. The chart below can be used as a guideline for establishing the correct sign dimensions with the viewing distance.

wdt_ID Viewing Distance Font Height Sign Height Sign Width
1 6' - 11' .5” - 1” 6” 6" 12" 18" 24"
2 12' -17' 1” 12” 12" 18" 24" 36"
3 18' – 23' 1.5” 18” 18" 24" 36" 48"
4 24' 2” 24” 24" 36" 48" 60"
5 36' 3” 36” 36" 48" 60" 72"
6 48' - 59' 4” 48” 48" 60" 72" 84"
7 60' - 100' 5”- 8” 48"- 60” 60" 72" 84" 96"

Analyze the viewing distance with sign placement to ensure signs are effective.

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