Safety signs are an essential tool in any workplace, clearly identifying potential hazards so that employees can stay safe. They will help your organisation to comply with the Health & Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) regulations 1996, reducing the risk of accidents and making you less vulnerable to llitigation if an accident does happen. Professionally designed signs clearly display words and easily recognised symbols so that workers are unlikely to misinterpret their meaning.
Safety signs are available for both long term and temporary use. Steep steps, for instance, should have a permanent warning, but signs for wet floors need to be moved around and placed where they are needed as your premises are cleaned. You will therefore need to think through your full range of requirements before deciding your collection is complete. All these signs are made from durable materials and are designed to be easy to position where you need them.
As well as identifying hazards, safety signs are important for directing people to resources they may need quickly, from first aid supplies to fire exits. They can also prevent workers from creating hazards by warning them against smoking or using damaged equipment. You can find information signs in this section, designed to help people move around your premises and find what they need efficiently, and you can find signs for warning off thieves. Even if you think the thieves might not care, it’s worth using these – without a sign to say that you have CCTV installed, for instance, CCTV evidence that you collect may be inadmissible in court.
There is a range of signs that it is essential for you to have in your workplace no matter what kind of business you do, such as fire safety signs. Others vary by industry so you should make sure you read industry specific regulations in order to be sure you have everything you need. Remember that, in order to meet official requirements, signs need to be clearly visible, so make sure nothing is placed in front of them and ensure outdoor signs have sufficient illumination to be visible after dark.
No matter how good your safety arrangements are, they’re no use if people don’t abide by them, and safety signs can be important in making sure this happens. When you’ve invested in the right personal protective equipment, for instance, signs can tell employees which parts of the workplace they need to wear it in.
As well as the signs it’s essential for you to use, we have a range of specialist signs suited to particular kinds of workplace, so if you have unusual requirements you can look through these to find what you need.
Not everybody can see signs, and if you have visually-impaired staff or may have visually-impaired visitors entering parts of your workplace, you should invest in tactile signs to make them safer. These use familiar symbols but have those symbols stand out against the background so they can easily be identified by touch. Braille signs are also available for conveying more complex messages, though you should be aware that many visually impaired people cannot read Braille and you should always alert them verbally to any hazards they are likely to encounter.
How often will I need to replace signs?
All these signs are designed to last for years as long as they are respectfully treated, but you may occasionally need new signs if regulations change. Keeping up with trade journals can give you early warning when such changes are on the way.
Can’t people see for themselves if there are steps or the floor is wet?
Accidents often happen when people aren’t paying attention, which can easily happen when their minds are focused on work. Safety signs like these are designed to be much more difficult to miss.