Understanding Safety Signs |

Understanding Safety Signs

 

BS EN ISO 7010 Safety Signs are broken down into five categories: prohibition signs, mandatory signs, safe condition signs, fire signs and hazard signs.

 

Prohibition Safety Signs

prohibition signs

Meaning

  • You must not
  • Do not do
  • Stop

Shape & Colour

  • Red circle with diagonal line

Symbols

  • Black pictogram

Supplementary text may be added if necessary to convey a clearer message

Mandatory Safety Signs

mandatory signs

Meaning

  • You must do
  • Carry out the action requested by the sign

Shape & Colour

  • Blue circle

Symbols

  • White pictogram

Supplementary text may be added if necessary to convey a clearer message

Safe Condition Safety Signs

safety signs and symbols

Meaning

  • The safe way
  • Where to go in an emergency

Shape & Colour

  • Green rectangle or square

Symbols

  • White pictogram

NB: Text-only signs no longer comply with BS EN ISO 7010, they MUST contain a symbol, such as a white first aid cross.

Fire Equipment Safety Signs

fire signs

Meaning

  • Locates fire equipment or personnel

Shape & Colour

  • Red rectangle or square

Symbols

  • White pictogram

Supplementary text may be added if necessary to convey a clearer message

Hazard Warning Signs

hazard signs

Meaning

  • Potential hazard within a designated area
  • Caution/risk of danger/hazard ahead

Shape & Colour

  • Yellow triangle with black border

Symbols

  • Black pictogram

Supplementary text may be added if necessary to convey a clearer message

  • Caution indicates an immediately hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury
  • Warning indicates an immediately hazardous situation which, if not avoided, COULD result in death or serious injury
  • Danger indicates an immediately hazardous situation which, if not avoided, WILL result in death or serious injury. The use of signs featuring the word Danger should be limited to the most extreme situations

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