Essential Health & Safety Signage
Nearly all businesses are required to provide Health & Safety signage if there is a significant risk that can’t be avoided or controlled in any other way. Safety signs are divided into categories according to the type of message they are intended to convey:
These signs should be used to convey ‘Do not’ type commands.
These signs should be used to make people aware of nearby danger.
These signs should be used to indicate actions that must be carried out in order to comply with statutory requirements.
Safe Condition Signs
These signs should be used to indicate escape routes, first aid equipment, emergency showers etc.
In order to comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations, every doorway or other exit providing access to a means of escape, other than exits in ordinary use, should be provided with an exit sign.
Provision of exit signs
The regulations place a duty on employers to ensure that safety signs are provided in circumstances where the risk to the health and safety of employees, identified through the risk assessment requirement contained with the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1992 cannot be entire, engineered or managed out of the workplace.
Supplementary information signs
These are signs used to provide additional information. In the Health & Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 these are confined to directional arrows.
Illumination of signs
Exit signs should always be legible in premises where emergency lighting has been considered necessary for means of escape purposes, such signs should be illuminated by the emergency lighting supply in the event of a failure of the normal lighting.
The visible areas of these signs are manufactured from Photoluminescent materials. These materials contain chemicals that are able in to absorb and store energy from daylight or artificial lighting.
Fire Fighting Equipment Signs
These signs are used to mark the location of firefighting equipment and fire alarm activation points.
Provision of fire fighting equipment signs
The same general process outlined above is applicable to this section. Again, it is assumed that because there is a possibility of a fire occurring on the premises then firefighting equipment will be needed.
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