Stop Paddles FAQ
MUTCD and OSHA Requirements
For temporary traffic control, MUTCD and OSHA requirements call for a paddle measuring at least 18 inches wide with letters at least 6” high. The STOP (R1-1) face shall have white letters and a white border on a red background. The SLOW (W20-8) face shall have black letters and a black border on an orange background.
For crossing guard usage, the MUTCD states that the STOP (R1-1) paddle shall be an octagonal shape and the background of the STOP face shall be red with at least 6-inch series upper-case white letters and a white border. The paddle shall be at least 18 inches in size and have the word message STOP on both sides.
Paddles used for temporary traffic control or crossing guards duties must be reflective when used during the hours of darkness. They are not required to be reflective if used only during hours of daylight.
You can read more from the MUTCD about paddles for temporary traffic control here. Paddles for crossing guards are discussed here. OSHA discusses the use of paddles here.
Paddle weights vary based on size and materials used. Lighter paddles are easier to hold and reduce fatigue. Most paddles also have a staff option that is recommended for constant usage throughout the work day, such as for a road work project. You can see how all of our handheld paddles stack up below:
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