BS EN ISO 7010 (European Normative) Safety Sign Legislation

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BS EN IS0 7010 (European Normative) Safety Sign Legislation

The adoption of ISO 7010 has meant major design changes for safety signs in recent years.

In 2003, BS EN ISO 7010 was created with an intention to use common, internationally recognised symbols on safety signs. Until now, this has been a ‘best practice recommendation’ and so the UK has continued to abide by our own standard, BS5499. From January 2013 this is set to change as ISO 7010 could become a European Normative – BS EN ISO 7010. This means it will be written into European Law that the UK and other member states will have to adopt. As the UK’s leading sign manufacturer, we have already updated our symbols to comply with ISO 7010 – so any signs you purchase from us will comply with the latest legislation.

Health and Safety guidance recommends that the two different types of signage, BS 5499 and BS EN ISO 7010 should not be mixed in the workplace, so you may want to change your current signage to comply. When looking to purchase new signage, ensure they meet with the new BS EN ISO 7010 standards.

As the UK's leading manufacturer,all our signs meet with the latest BS EN ISO 7010 standards. Are your safety signs up-to-date? Download our FREE guide and carry out your own safety signs assessment to ensure your compliance. Call us today on 0800 585501 if you need further information.

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What is ISO 7010?

ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation) 7010 prescribes the shape, colour and graphical symbol required on safety signs. New common symbols (or pictograms) were introduced and tested throughout all European countries to ensure the symbols are easily understood and recognised across the EU. A pictogram is defined as "a symbol that represents a word, object or concept".

Why was it created?

Due to the increased number of non-native speaking workers in each country, text based safety instructions were no longer deemed sufficient. This highlighted the same problems facing those with poor eye sight, reading difficulties and other disabilities and the danger to worker safety became much more apparent.

The solution was to create an international standard for safety signs using pictograms that could be easily understood by everyone, regardless of an individual’s language, culture or ability. This means that a Hard Hat safety sign in England will look exactly the same as in any other European country.

When will BS EN ISO 7010 become effective?

It is proposed that from January 2013, ISO 7010 is set to change from being an international standard, essentially a way of achieving good practice, to a European Norm (EN 7010). This could mean huge implications for businesses, and although BS EN ISO 7010 looks extremely likely to happen, we will not know the true impact of this until the BSI releases further information. We will be sending out regular updates to keep you fully informed of the latest legislation changes.

What do I need to do?

BS EN ISO 7010 applies to all workplaces, sectors and locations, with the exception of some very specialist signs used in guiding transport such as rail, road, river, maritime and air traffic. Any premises required to display safety signs to convey safety information will be affected. Best practice will be to follow the latest safety sign guidance and therefore symbols will need to be updated. The BSI will need to determine how this is interpreted within UK Law – as the leading manufacturers and experts in safety signs we will keep you fully updated with the latest information on BS EN ISO 7010.

How can I be sure that my signs comply?

Last year we switched all our safety sign symbols and now only manufacture signs that comply with BS EN ISO 7010. As a Seton customer, you can feel confident knowing that any sign purchased from us will adhere to the latest safety sign legislation.

 

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