Fire Safety Signs are an essential element of fire protection for any business. The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 covers the provision of fire safety signs that are required in the workplace. These regulations require employers to provide specific “safety signs” whenever there is a risk that has not been avoided or controlled by other means, e.g. engineering controls and safe systems of work.
Fire Safety Signs
Safety signs are designed to either help ensure staff and visitors know what to do in the event of an emergency or to warn of a potential hazard. We have a range of safety signs designed to meet all your specific fire safety needs and help ensure you comply with the current legislation which states that “all premises should clearly mark emergency exits and/or escape routes and provide information or instruction about safety or health at work”.
We can provide a range of prohibition signs which are designed to prohibit an action which is likely to increase or cause danger e.g. No access for unauthorised persons or No Smoking. These signs are circular in shape with a white background and have a red band and crossbar.
Warning signs must be coloured Yellow or Amber, triangular with black symbols or text, these signs give warning of a potential hazard such as chemical and substance, electrical, construction and cleaning warnings. They must be installed at a distance that is appropriate for the situation, you would not want a massive safety sign in a small office or a small sign on a large building site.
Mandatory signs require actions or activities that contribute towards safety. These signs are blue in colour and use a white safety symbol or text to show what action is required. Mandatory signs are not, as some people believe, required by law but depends on the situation and type of risk for their use e.g. Fire door keep clear or Eye Protection must be worn signs.
Safe Condition Signs
These signs are used to give information or indicate escape routes, emergency exits, first aid equipment and emergency showers. As in the same way that some mandatory signs in this category are not required by the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. e.g. A “PUSH BAR TO OPEN” sign is not required to comply as there is no pictogram for that meaning. These signs are still needed to ensure compliance with fire risk assessments and in some cases the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.
Safe condition signs consist of a green rectangle or square with the pictogram or text in white positioned centrally.
Emergency Escape or First-aid Signs
Fire Exit and Escape signs are used to indicate fire exits and assembly points, additionally, direction signs and fire door opening instructions are designed to direct all employees out of the building safely. First aid signs are required to direct personnel to designated first aid stations.
Fire-fighting Equipment Signs
Fire equipment signs consist of a red rectangle or square with the pictogram in white positioned centrally on the sign. They are used to mark the location of fire-fighting equipment and fire alarm call points. However, where possible, fire-fighting equipment should be positioned where they are clearly visible and require red to be used as the identifying colour. If the equipment itself is red this will satisfy the requirement. We stock various fire equipment signs, to identify the different types Fire Extinguishers and also Fire Alarm call point signs.
Fire Action Signs
Fire Action signs are designed to inform people what to do in the event of a fire on the premises, including when to sound an alarm, demand evacuation and state where the fire assembly point is.
Ordering Fire Safety Signs
To order fire safety signs please call us on 0330 6600264 or email: [email protected] as with all our safety products and accessories we are happy to advise what safety signs are needed for your premises during a Fire Risk Assessment.