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Health & Safety Signs can be found almost everywhere, from nurseries and schools to hospitals, offices, shopping centres, hotels, conference facilities and construction sites. They should be used to convey a clear, unambiguous message that can be easily understood by everyone, even when English is not their first language. This is helped by the use of easily recognisable symbols, such as fire exit running man, no smoking and chemical hazard.
Internationally recognised symbols help to support the sign’s instruction, be it the location of the nearest emergency exit, first aid facility or piece of fire fighting equipment. Safety Signage can also be used to warn of potential hazards, restrict access or ensure that personal protective equipment is worn. Other key messages that may need to be conveyed are the need to keep fire exit doors clear and to prohibit certain actions, such as no smoking.
All symbols used should comply with European Normative BS EN ISO 7010, which was written into European law in 2013. In essence, this is the standardisation of all symbols so that they are internationally recognised by all European member states.
Health & Safety signs take a vital role in workplaces for commuinicating safety at work. Health and Safety signs are a legal requirment and the right signage must be used.
This is where Marden Signs can help. We have designed our very own catalogue of Health and Safety Signage. We have learnt the uses for the signs.
If you are unsure on exactly what you need – Please contact us so we can then advise you appropriately.
There are many different types of safety signs such as, health and safety signs, construction signs, safe condition signs, emergency exit signs, warning signs which all help prevent accidents in the workplace. Safety signs are universally understood making them ideal for any workplace.
The ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) 7010 prescribes the shape, colour and graphical symbol required on safety signs. Common symbols (or pictograms) were introduced and tested throughout all European countries to ensure that the symbols were easily understood and recognised. We also keep abreast of any changes to this standardisation to ensure that you are always up to date with the latest safety signs legislation.
Due to the increased number of non-native speaking workers in each European country, text-based safety instructions were no longer deemed sufficient. This highlighted the same problems facing those with poor eyesight, reading difficulties and other disabilities; the danger to worker safety became much more apparent.
The solution was to create an international standard for safety signs using pictograms that could be easily understood by everyone. This meant that, for instance, a hard hat safety sign in the UK looked exactly the same in another European country.
BS EN ISO 7010 applies to all workplaces, sectors and locations, with the exception of some very specialist signs used in river and maritime, rail, road, and air traffic industries. Any premises required to display safety signs to convey safety information should be using BS EN ISO 7010 compliant symbols.
The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 requires employers to ensure that safety signs are provided and maintained in circumstances where there is a significant risk to health and safety that cannot be controlled or removed by other means.
However, these regulations make it clear that safety signs are not a substitute for other ways of controlling risks to employees. Signs are designed to warn of any remaining risk or to instruct employees of the measures they should take, such as the wearing of foot protection.
We only manufacture signs that comply with BS EN ISO 7010, therefore you can be confident in the knowledge that any sign purchased from Marden Signs will adhere to the latest legislation
Safety signs have a very specific colour coding convention, with each having their own meaning.
Green – safe condition. These include first aid and drinking water signs, as well as fire exit signs.
Red – prohibition and fire equipment signs. Prohibition signs should be used to show that certain actions must be avoided, such as restricted or no access, no smoking, no dogs. Fire equipment signs should be used to both show the location of fire fighting equipment as well as alarm activation points.
Yellow – hazard warning signs. Normally accompanied with the words danger, caution or warning, these signs should be used to provide a clear warning message.
Blue – mandatory signs. These instructional signs give clear guidance on what actions must be taken. For instance, the wearing of PPE, reporting to reception and keeping a door shut or locked.