3.3 Safety Signage

Safety Signage
What is a safety sign
Video – Personal protective equipment
Exercise – Safety equipment and signs

If you are living in Ireland, click here for the Safety Signage information for Ireland

Safety Signage

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 require employers to provide and maintain safety signs where there is significant risk to health and safety that has not been avoided or controlled by other means (e.g. safe systems of work) provided that the use of a sign can help reduce the risk.

All workplaces and activities where people are employed are covered. They also require, where necessary, the use of road traffic signs in workplaces to regulate road traffic. A new requirement of the regulations is to mark pipework containing dangerous substances. Employers must also ensure that all employees receive appropriate information, instruction and training regarding safety signs. Although most signs are self-explanatory, some employees (particularly young or new workers) may be unfamiliar with the signs used.

So what is a safety sign?

A safety and/or health sign is ‘information or instruction about health and safety at work on a signboard, a colour, an illuminated sign or acoustic signal, a verbal communication or hand signal.’ These terms are all detailed in guidance to the regulations. A signboard is a combination of shape, colour and symbol or pictogram made visible by adequate lighting and which may have supplementary text.

Use Right Click and save this file to your computer to test your awareness of safety equipment and signs (requires PowerPoint)