|Category||Meaning||Shape/Colours||Use of Sign|
||Square or oblong. White symbol or symbol and text on a green background||
To show the way to medical assistance
To show the way to an area of safety
To indicate that a
course of action is safe to take
||Circular. White symbol or symbol and text on a blue background||
To convey actions that must be carried out
To confirm emergency procedures in the event of fire
||Square or oblong. White symbol or symbol and text on a red background||
To indicate the location of fire equipment
To comply with the fire precautions (workplace)regulations, which require any non automatic fire fighting equipment to be indicated by signs
||Triangular. Black symbol or symbol and text on a yellow background surrounded by a black triangular band.||To warn staff and public of the potential dangers in and around the workplace|
||Circular with cross band. Black symbol on a white background, inside a red circle with a red cross bar||
To convey prohibited actions
To reduce the risk of fire
To prevent personal injury
||Square or oblong. Black text on a white background or the safety colour of the safety sign that is supplemented, with text in the relevant contrasting colour||To provide further information|
For any new or existing business, it is your responsibility to ensure that the work environment is safe and that any potential hazards are marked clearly with appropriate signage.
In terms of the law, you are legally required to display
and Safety Law Poster
You are also legally required to report accidents using
It will be mandatory for all entrances to buildings (non
private dwellings) to display a no
smoking sign at EVERY entrance to the building.
You will also have to display a non
smoking symbol in any vehicle that has shared use
(ie more than one person will travel in the vehicle).
See: here for full details.
DIRECTIONAL SIGNS - Which sign should you use?
You can use either a European style which has no text or
a British standard style which has text.
In either case your signs must include a running man symbol
It is not advised to mix the two styles
Signs should be situated so as to indicate exit routes. At least one sign should be visible from any place within the building
FINAL EXIT SIGNS
To avoid confusions, it is advisable to have "Final Exit" signs at external points. These should have a running man symbol and text but no arrow.
DECIDING UPON THE SIZE AND HEIGHT OF INSTALLATION
Recommended height for installation:
Above doors: 2.0m to 2.5m from floor level to bottom of sign
Wall Mounted: 1.4m to 1.7m from floor level to bottom of sign
IDENTIFY RISKS AND KEEP YOUR BUILDING MAINTAINED AND SAFE:
If floors are being cleaned or polished or are inherently slippery, this must be addressed immediately with a wet floor sign or slippery surface sign
Additionally, if floorboards are damaged or uneven, trailing electrical cables are present then display a trip hazard warning sign
Keep stairs in good condition with good lighting and a well fixed handrail. Also make sure stairs are kept clear of obstructions. If in doubt, display a keep clear sign.
Make sure that items are easily retrievable without resorting to standing on a chair or desk. If it is unavoidable to have items high up, make sure that proper steps are used. It may also be advisable to create a sign to enforce this. See our bespoke signs section.
One of the most important areas in Health and Safety is fire prevention, fire action and escape. An excellent starting place is with our Fire Risk Assesment Checklist booklet and Fire Risk Assesment Poster which will give you excellent help and advice.
Display a Fire Action Sign and doors that have been marked as Fire Doors must never be propped open. Also the emergency escape route must be kept clear of obstructions and be clearly marked out every step of the way by signage. Common signs for these purposes are:
Computer Display Screens
Working in front of a computer screen for over 3 hours a day could result in a repetitive strain injury (RSI). Make sure that desks are larege enough to accomodate paperwork, monitor and keyboard. The screen should be free from glare and reflection. It is advisable to display the Health and Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations poster.
Ensure that your work environment does not pose a major risk to the back. Such injuries are often incured when lifting heavy items incorrectly. Make sure your employees know the correct method of lifting by displaying the Manually Handling Regulations Poster.
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