Safety Signs and Signals Regulation Guidance

This guidance is available for employers, duty holders and others who have responsibility for the control of workplaces, sites and premises. It is also for those operating equipment that requires verbal and/or non-verbal communications.

Safety signs and signals are required where, despite other relevant measurements being put into place, a significant risk to the health and safety of employees and others remains.

Signs must be clear, legible and should be used to identify actions that are prohibited e.g. “no access”, safeguards that must be followed e.g. “eye protection must be worn”, warning of a hazard e.g. “deep water” and to direct towards fire exits/equipment or first aid equipment. Using too many signs, however, should be avoided as it may cause confusion.

To buy or download a free copy of the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 Guidance see here.

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