Safety signs and signals
Guidance on these regulations has recently been updated to bring it in line with various changes regarding harmonisation across Europe. The document can be downloaded for free at http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/priced/l64.pdf and is designed for employers, duty holders and others who have responsibility for the control of workplaces, sites and premises including schools.
Generally safety signs and signals are required where, despite putting in place all other relevant measures, a significant risk to the health and safety of employees and others remains. The resulting signs must be clear and legible, and should be used to identify actions that are:
- prohibited activities (eg no access)
- mandatory safeguards (eg PPE must be worn)
- warning of a hazard (eg radiation)
- safe condition (eg to direct towards fire exits or first-aid equipment)
- fire equipment (eg location of fire extinguisher that are not visible)