Signs, they are everywhere, and we aren’t talking about the ones that the universe has given you either.
You come across sign everywhere in your day to day life, from traffic signs to letting you know if a door is an entrance or an exit, but why are they so important?
Safety signs help to communicate and promote health and safety best practice in a work place as well as warning of any possible danger. So let’s take a look at what signs are available for your workplace.
It is a requirement that workplaces clearly label fire exit and fire routes, so that staff can be directed out of the building the safest route possible. The fire exit signs should be visible at all times in any room or walkway and must not be covered. It is worth noting that any point there is a change in direction towards the exit this also needs to be signposted.
These signs also comply with UK and EC legislation. Our Fire Extinguisher signs are also ISO compliant.
There is also a ‘Workplace first aid guide’ poster available, which instructs people on the correct techniques on circulation, bleeding, breathing, fractures and the recovery position while you are waiting for medical help.
These signs are, as the title says, mandatory in all workplaces and premises. They communicate information and actions that need to be adhered to by your staff/employees in order to stay safe.
These will always usually be white text or pictogram on a blue background.
Warning signs highlight potential dangers or hazards in the workplace and/or premises and they ensure compliance with safety procedures.
They will be a triangular shape, with a vivid yellow background and black pictogram, designed to stand out and catch people’s attention.
Prohibition signs are designed to stop people taking actions which could endanger their or their work colleague’s well-being, risk of fire etc. Most common prohibition signs are ‘No Smoking’, various Fire Extinguisher signs and ‘No Entry’ signs.
These are more for convenience than to meet safety requirements. Our range of office signs includes; sliding door signs for meetings and offices, and ‘in/out’, ‘vacant/engaged’ signs too.
On the 1st October 2004 part iii of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (DDA) was implemented. As part of this companies and organisations have to make physical adaptations to comply. The provision of auxiliary aids such as braille & embossed signs are now required.
We have a great range of Taktyle signs, ranging from Pull/Push door signs, toilet signs, and entrance/exit signs plus more so you are bound to find one that meets your requirements. You can read more about what hse.gov.uk's requirements are on safety signs in an online pdf here.
Author Bio - Laura Holland
Social Media and Web Content Coordinator, Jan 2014 - May 2015