Every building must have sufficient signage – whether standard or self-illuminating – to enable people exit in an emergency. Fire alarm “break glass” call points also require identificatiion and fire extinguishers require signs explaining which type they are.

Investing in signs around the workplace could save you a great deal of money in accident claims. The Summary of the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 states:

“The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 requires employers to use a safety sign where there is a significant risk to health and safety that has not been avoided or controlled by the methods required under other relevant law, provided the use of a sign can help reduce the risk. Safety signs are not a substitute for those other methods of controlling risks such as engineering controls and safe systems of work”



Safe Use of Signs

The Code of Practice for escape route signing states:

1. That a fire exit/exit sign with an arrow should be used where the escape route from a building is not conspicuous or confusion could occur

2. All changes in direction in corridors, stairways and open spaces forming part of the escape route should be marked with additional signs.



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