Adding contrast to poles

Poles should be contrasted against their background to avoid potential collision.

Recommendation 1: the whole pole is painted so that contrast is achieved

If the background surface is a dark shade, the pole should be a light shade such as white or yellow. If the background surface is a light shade, the pole should be a dark shade such as black.

Recommendation 2: add contrasting bands not less than 75 mm wide

One band should be placed on the pole between 900 – 1000mm* from the ground. Additional bands should be added at 200mm intervals above or below the 900mm bands as required. Bands at a lower height will be of particular importance in environments where there are younger children or students.

A drawing of a pole depicting where the contrasting bands should be placed
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