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Signage: What you Need to Know

It doesn’t matter if your bar is old or new; there is one thing that will continually be changing, signage. It’s nothing something you think about every day. After reading this, take a count of how many signs are up for your use and your patrons. From exit signs to We Card, they are probably littering your walls and break rooms. Let’s break down what you need to know.


The first level of concern is the Federal level. Federal laws require all bars and restaurants operating in the United States to post signs. These signs typically come from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Americans with Disability Act (ADA), and the Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Examples include but are not limited to:


  • OSHA Act
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDSs)
  • Slippery When Wet
  • Exits
  • Escape Route
  • Handicap Parking
  • Fire Extinguisher Instructions
  • Date Marking
  • Food Temperatures
  • Hand Washing
  • Cross-Contamination
  • No Smoking/Drugs


Additional signs by your state-level OSHA, local alcohol controlling group (commission/agency), or government (Department of Revenue) may include:

  • Legal Age
  • Do not sell to Minors
  • We Check ID
  • Don’t Drink and Drive
  • Kegs
  • Capacity Limit
  • Blood Alcohol Content (BAC)
  • Emergency Contact information
  • Non-Emergency Contact information
  • Acceptable ids
  • Time minors are required to leave


Some local governing agencies like your County or City Mayor, Commission, or Councilperson may impose further requirements. Signs may include:

  • Pregnancy Warning
  • Inspection Grade
  • Food Allergy


From a company standpoint it’s a good idea to post:

  • House policies
  • Owner or managers number
  • When to call 911
  • Safe Cab / Taxi
  • Minors sitting at the bar law or house policy
  • Number of drink served to family
  • Serving Alcohol’s training information (Enroll today)
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