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safetysignsupplies is one of the UK's leading manufacturers of safety signs. This means keeping up with the changing requirements of UK and international safety standards and helping customers to maintain their compliance. 

Safety Sign Standards, Rules, Regulations and the Law

Safety Signs in the UK are currently manufactured by reputable companies like safetysignsupplies, to comply with BS5499. During 2011 it's expected that a long drafted ISO standard, ISO 7010 will become a European Norm – EN7010. When this comes into EU law, and therefore UK law – it means that all safety sign manufacturers will need to update the products they're supplying to this new worldwide safety signs and symbols specification. For UK companies with existing signs in place – there's no need to change. Fortunately our BS5499 signs are very close in design to those mandated by EN7010 – and are widely accepted as being the benchmark for clarity and easy of understanding. 

What is the point of safety signs?

Health and Safety Signs are an important tool for all business and bodies that maintain public spaces. They serve several purposes in the task of improving safety in the workplace:

  • Signs such as warning signs or mandatory signs can be used to help further reduce the risk of accidents where all other practical safety measures have already been taken.
  • Safe Condition signs should be used to indicate escape routes (e.g. fire exit signs) and measures to be taken in case of emergency.
  • Fire signs should be used to indicate the location and safe methods of use for both fire fighting and fire alarm components such are fire extinguishers and fire alarm call points. 

What type of health and safety signs are available?

There are a number of main types of safety signs in use in the UK today – each has a different purpose and are useful in managing risk in different situations:

Warning Signs

Also known as hazard signs or caution signs – these signs are yellow and black and normally feature a triangular symbol. In 2000 BSI updated BS5499 to strictly require these signs to be pre-fixed with either of the words: Caution, Warning or Danger. These terms are designed to represent increasing levels of risk should the warning be ignored. Warning signs that are missing these terms – no longer strictly conform to BS5499 part 1. 

Warning Signs

Mandatory Signs

Should not be confused with signs that are mandatory like the HSE law poster - mandatory signs instruct the reader to do something. They are blue and white with a round symbol. Although commonly referred to as “Fire Signs” – Fire Action Signs are actually mandatory signs – as they give instructions on the actions you should take in the case of fire.

Mandatory Signs

Safe Condition Signs

These signs contain directions and instructions on either the route or method to a safe condition. This could include an emergency stop button sign, an emergency eye wash station sign – or more commonly the universally used Fire Exit Sign. These signs are green and white and contain symbols like a first aid cross, directional arrows and the running man or as he should more properly be known the “walking calmly to the exit man”!

Safe Condition Signs

Fire Signs

According to BS5499 - Fire Signs refers to health and safety signs which indicate the location or instructions for use of fire equipment, like fire extinguishers or fire alarm call points. Fire signs are normally red with white text and include fire alarm call point signs, and the fire extinguisher id tags which tell you when and how to use that type of extinguisher. In the real world the term Fire Signs is used to describe any safety sign which relates to things to be done or used in the event of a fire which tends to include fire exit signs and fire action signs. 

Fire Signs

Why use safetysignsupplies?

  • A wealth of product experience
  • Comprehensive range of signs
  • Competitive pricing
  • In stock guarantee
  • Re-seller packages
  • Instant volume discounts
  • Excellent customer service

Why would you buy safety signs anywhere else? 

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