Workplace Signage & Acoustic Signals

Workplace Signage & Acoustic Signals are a vital means of communication to warn, inform and instruct workers to specific action, danger or procedure. These signs are regulated by the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, which lays out specific colours and shapes of signboards used in UK work places.

Colour coding is an immediate visual alert to a situation or condition which requires certain actions or understanding. The signs are designed to keep workers and visitors fully aware of their environment and the hazards around them, and the actions they need to follow to stay safe.

It is critical that employers make sure that their staff are aware of safety signs that are displayed in the workplace; and that they understand the meaning of the signage. Companies must supply training as necessary to ensure that workers have the required; knowledge; particularly new starters and young less experienced employees.

Though workplace signage is intended to warn employees (and in some cases fire and emergency services) of hazards relating to required actions, occupational risks and operations, these signs can now be found all around us in public spaces. The familiarity of the signs has driven their use to include household items from microwaves to vacuum cleaners.

Signs should be included in health and safety audits to ensure that they are still;
  • Clean and clearly visible;
  • In good condition;
  • Securely affixed;
  • Relevant – if circumstances or regulations have changed or been updated.

If signboards become degraded or poorly maintained then respect for the message can be negatively affected; and health and safety rules generally.

These regulations require the regulation and directing of road traffic within the workplace to be compliant with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Department for Transport publications Know your traffic signs and Highway code).

The colour coding is an immediate visual alert to a situation or condition which requires certain actions or understanding. The signs are designed to keep members of fully aware of their environment and the hazards around them, and the actions they need to follow to stay safe.

It is critical that employers make sure that their staff are aware of safety signs that are displayed in the workplace; and that they understand the meaning of the signage. Companies must supply training as necessary; to ensure that workers have the required knowledge; particularly new starters; and young less experienced employees.

Usage

Though workplace signage is intended to warn employees; and in some cases fire and emergency services of hazards relating to the businesses site; premises; occupation risks and operations; the signs can now be found all around us in public spaces. The familiarity of the signs has driven their use to include household items from microwaves to vacuum cleaners.

Signs should be included in health and safety audits to ensure that there are still;

  • Clean and clearly visible,
  • In good condition, 
  • Securely affixed.
  • Relevant – if circumstances or regulations have changed or been updated.

If signboards become degraded or poorly maintained then respect for the message can be negatively affected, and health and safety rules generally.

These regulation give also legal guidance in the use of acoustic signals, illuminated signs and flashing signs,

Works Traffic

These regulations require the regulation and directing of road traffic within the workplace to be compliant with the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Department for Transport publications Know your traffic signs and Highway code).

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