What is required by law
For any new or existing business, it is your responsibility
to ensure that the work environment is safe and that any
potential hazards are marked clearly with appropriate signage.
In terms of the law, you are legally required to display
and Safety Law Poster
You are also legally required to report accidents using
No Smoking Legislation (July 2007) requirements (£1000.00
Fine for NON Compliance!)
It will be mandatory for all entrances to buildings (non
private dwellings) to display a no
smoking sign at EVERY entrance to the building.
You will also have to display a non
smoking symbol in any vehicle that has shared use
(ie more than one person will travel in the vehicle).
for full details.
Which sign should you use?
You can use either a European style which has no text or
a British standard style which has text.
In either case your signs must include a running man
It is not advised to mix the two styles
||British Standard Style
HOW YOUR SIGNS SHOULD INDICATE EXITS
Signs should be situated so as to indicate exit routes.
At least one sign should be visible from any place
within the building
|Possible meanings for fire exit signs
|1. Progress down to the right
||1. Progress down to the left
||1. Progress up to the right
2. Progress forward and across to the right
|1. Progress up to the left
2. Progress forward and across to the left
|1. Progress to the right
||1. Progress to the left
||1. Progress forward
2. Progress forward and through
3. Progress forward and up
|1. Progress down
FINAL EXIT SIGNS
To avoid confusions, it is advisable to have "Final
Exit" signs at external points. These should have a
running man symbol and text but no arrow.
DECIDING UPON THE SIZE AND HEIGHT OF INSTALLATION
Recommended height for installation:
Above doors: 2.0m to 2.5m from floor level to bottom of
Wall Mounted: 1.4m to 1.7m from floor level to bottom of
View our full range
of fire exit signs here
If floors are being cleaned or polished or are inherently
slippery, this must be addressed immediately with a wet
floor sign or slippery
Additionally, if floorboards are damaged or uneven, trailing
electrical cables are present then display a trip
hazard warning sign
Keep stairs in good condition with good lighting and
a well fixed handrail. Also make sure stairs are kept clear
of obstructions. If in doubt, display a keep
Make sure that items are easily retrievable without
resorting to standing on a chair or desk. If it is unavoidable
to have items high up, make sure that proper steps are used.
It may also be advisable to create a sign to enforce this.
See our bespoke signs section.
One of the most important areas in Health and Safety is
fire prevention, action
and escape. An excellent starting place is with our Fire
Risk Assesment Checklist booklet and Fire
Risk Assesment Poster which will give you excellent
help and advice.
Display a Fire
Action Sign and doors that have been marked as Fire
Doors must never be propped open. Also the emergency
escape route must be kept clear of obstructions and be clearly
marked out every step of the way by signage. Common signs
for these purposes are:
Computer Display Screens
Working in front of a computer screen for over 3 hours
a day could result in a repetitive strain injury (RSI).
Make sure that desks are larege enough to accomodate
paperwork, monitor and keyboard. The screen should be free
from glare and reflection. It is advisable to display the
and Safety Display Screen Equipment Regulations poster.
Ensure that your work environment does not pose a major
risk to the back. Such injuries are often incured when lifting
heavy items incorrectly. Make sure your employees know the
correct method of lifting by displaying the Manually
Handling Regulations Poster.