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Safety Sign Legislation Guidance

Safety sign regulations and compliance

If you're a business owner or manager, ensuring your company stays within the law is of the utmost importance. And when it comes to signs in the workplace, there are many regulations that need to be upheld - or you risk the safety of your employees and customers. Here at Complete Signage, we're experts in all things signage, and we're here to help you stay on the right side of the law.

Knowing when and where signs should be installed is very important, with non-compliance with the law often leading to heavy fines that your business could do without. Let us walk you through some safety sign legislation so you know how and where to begin.

In the UK, employers have a responsibility to ensure their premises are safe for everyone who is on them, whether that's employees, customers or suppliers. Part of this involves meeting the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. Safety signs must be put up in places where there is "a significant risk to the health and safety" of people - even after other measures have been taken to ensure safety.

The regulations state that signs should be used to direct people towards fire equipment, fire exits and first aid equipment; to give warning of any hazards (e.g. corrosive materials); and to identify safeguards that need to be followed (e.g. wearing goggles) and actions that are not allowed (e.g. no smoking). They must also be clear and legible, and too many signs should not be used in one place.

Signs should be clear, legible and not in contradiction with others, and likewise they should comply with the regulations to ensure harmonisation with other signs across the EU, making sure that symbols mean the same across and throughout workplaces.

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 have brought UK signs in line with the rest of the EU, ensuring that the meanings of signs are the same in all countries; this helps to minimise confusion and reduce accidents.

Safety signs are hugely beneficial to the safe running of your company If you want to ensure you're meeting safety sign regulations, buy your signs from Complete Signage, or contact a member of our knowledgeable team if you have any questions. With huge range of safety signs to choose from, we're your one-stop shop for all your safety sign needs.

BS EN ISO 7010:2012 Compliant

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At Complete Signage, we ensure that all of our safety signs are in compliance with EU standards, with all of them manufactured as BS EN ISO 7010:2012 designs. These designs have been developed by the EU to provide consistency within its borders and across languages.

Additionally, our signs are amended to display the correct ISO 7010 symbol, except in the event that a symbol has yet to be adopted by International Standardisation. If the symbol has comprehension credentials under BS 5499, they will be manufactured to these standards. By ensuring that these specifications are met, Complete Signage adheres to the European Norm Standard, which is written into both EU and UK law.

By being in compliance with both UK and EU law, Complete Signage assures its customers that the utmost care and scrutiny is taken in the manufacture, design and supply of all of its safety signs, offering peace of mind for your company and its premises.