Safety Signs and PPE Sign Guide

Do you know the right size and height safe procedure signs for your installation?

Recommended height for installation:

Above doors:- 2.0m to 2.5m from floor level to bottom of sign.
Wall Mounted:- 2.0m to 2.5m from floor level to bottom of sign.

For more details and further advice and useful links click on the subjects here.

Fire Exit Signs - Safe Procedure
Fire Fighting and Risk Assessment
No Smoking Legislation
Health and Safety Legislation
Personal Protective Equipment Legislation
Traffic Sign Legislation 



Safe Procedure Signs

Health and Safety Signs - Safe Procedure

Under British and European legislation, all safe procedure signs must be square or oblong with a white symbol or symbol and text on a green background. These may be supported by supplementary signs of the same design and colour.

What Safe Procedure Signs Should I Use?

Safe procedure signs should be situated as to indicate exit routes. At least one sign should be visible from any place within the building.

British standard style signs have symbols and text; European standard styles have just symbols. It is advised not to mix the two styles.

To avoid confusion, it is advisable to have "final exit" signs at external exit points. These should have a running man symbol and text, but no arrow.

What Safe Procedure Sign Legislation/Guidelines Exist?

British Standard BS 5499 governs the graphical symbols and geometric shapes used on safety signs. All our signs comply with these regulations. Click for British Standards Institute

The Government's Health and Safety Executive provides complete details of all Health and Safety related legislation. Click here for HSE

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Fire Fighting and Risk Assessment

Fire Precautions Legislation

Fire Risk Assesment Checklist

To comply with the Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997 all non-automatic fire fighting equipment must be indicated by signs. This Act is owned and legislated by the Department of Health

Fire Risk Assessment:

From October 2006, all premises are by law, responsible for their own fire risk assessment. This 8 page step by step guide to risk assessment will help you achieve compliance and avoid hefty fines.

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No Smoking Legislation

What No Smoking Signs Should I Use?

As from Sunday, 1 July 2007, it is now required by law that No Smoking are displayed in a prominent position at every entrance to smokefree premises.

Signs must:

  • be a minimum of A5 in area (210mm x 148mm)
  • display the International No Smoking symbol at least 70mm in diameter
  • carry the following words in characters that can be easily read:
    ‘No smoking. It is against the law to smoke in these premises'.

Smokefree vehicles also need to display a No Smoking sign in each compartment of the vehicle in which people can be carried. This must show the international No Smoking symbol at least 70mm in diameter.

For further information, contact The Office of Public Sector Information


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Health and Safety Legislation

Health and Safety Executive

The Government's Health and Safety Executive owns and enforces Health and Safety related legislation. Click here for HSE. Legislation covering all aspects of Health and Safety at Work can be found at the Direct Gov website. Click here to access. Legislation in Northern Ireland differs slightly from that of mainland Britan. Click here for The Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland. 

Health and Safety Law PosterYou are required to put the following details onto this poster:

  • Employee Representative(s)
  • Management Representative
  • Enforcing Authority

Click here for HSE's guidelines for completing this poster.  


Accidents at Work

By law, accidents and injuries at work must be reported under the HSE's RIDDOR legislation (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrence Regulations). Our Accident Report Book conforms to the requirements of RIDDOR and of the Data Protection Act. Click here for RIDDOR Guidelines and Legislation.

Other Useful Health and Safety Links

Small Business Checklist: Checklist for all employers, who are required by law to control health and safety risks.

UK Safety Network: UK-specific health, safety and welfare related web sites.

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Personal Protective Equipment

What Is PPE?

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) means all equipment (including clothing giving protection against the weather) which is worn or held to protect against risks to health or safety.

Employer Responsibilities:

It is a legal responsibility for Employers to ensure that suitable PPE is provided to employees exposed to a risk to their health or safety. It includes high visibility clothing for those working roadside and waterproof clothing for those working outdoors as well as protective clothing such as gloves and safety goggles. Employers must ensure that the PPE is maintained in efficient working order and in good repair.

Personal Protective Equipment Regulations:

The primary legislation governing PPE at work is the Personal Protective Equipment Regulations 1992. See OPSI for further information.

Markings and meanings:

All PPE are marked with multiple symbols which mean the products is good for certain jobs e.g. fireman gloves will be fire proof and will have a symbol of a flame on it that means it has been made for that certain job. Also products such as gloves are put into three categories, simple, intermediate and complex design. Simple says it all as they are made for domestic use such as gardening and low level labouring.Intermediate products (such as gloves) are for specific areas with highers risks such as a car garage, building site or even a waste centre. these will be marked with CE which is the european standards code and this means that these products have been tested for the required enviroment they were made for. Complex design products are for enviroments that can seriously harm your help such as labs with high risked chemicals thats can be dangerous.These products will be monitored in the manufacturing stage and be tested multiple times.

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Traffic Signs and Legislation

Traffic Signs - The Law

The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TRSGD) issued in 2002 prescribe the design and condition of use for traffic signs to be lawfully placed on or near roads in England, Scotland and Wales.

All our signs comply with these directions.

Traffic Sign laws owned and administered by the Department of Transport can be found here.

Other Useful Links

Road Haulage Association

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