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Need help? Need help? How to make the workplace safer with hazard signs? If there are hazardous areas or materials on your premises, it’s essential to warn both workers, visitors and the public about potential risks. One of the best ways to do this is by using hazard signs, which are widely understood and will help your business or organisation comply with the Health & Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996.

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Hazard Signs in the Workplace: Buying Guide

Making the Workplace Safer with Hazard Signs

Keeping workers and visitors to your premises informed of any hazards that they might encounter is an essential part of your health and safety responsibility. The adequate signposting of potential hazards is a legal requirement in most premises that are accessed by employees and members of the public, so placing hazard signs is an important part of ensuring that you comply with relevant health and safety legislation.

Hazard signs can be permanent and static or may be portable, allowing them to be placed to warn of temporary hazards in any given area.

Hazard signs are markers that are used to draw attention to potentially dangerous situations within a public access premises or workplace. Hazard signs are instantly recognisable and usually incorporate designs that have become synonymous with danger in most cultures, such as biohazard signs, therefore instantly alerting those seeing them to a potential danger or hazard.

Pictogram hazard signs use universally recognisable images to give a non-verbal communication of potential dangers for those who are unable to read or comprehend verbal signage. Most hazard signs incorporate powerful verbal information as well with commonly featured words including ‘caution’, ‘warning’ and ‘danger’ as is included in most of our gas and explosive signs, these grab the attention of those viewing them and instantly communicate the existence of risk.

Some hazard signs are static and remain in one place, e.g. warning signs alerting people to the existence of physical features that could pose a risk, such as a trips and slips, while others are moveable allowing them to be placed to warn of temporary hazards, we have a full range of floor stands that include signs that warn of wet floors after spills or cleaning, trip hazards and even access prohibition signage which can be removed once the floor has dried and the hazard is removed.

Diverse Placement Options

Hazard signs are covered by the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 so it is important you familiarise yourself with the rules contained therein, and any other regulation or legislation that is relevant to your business or public access premises before you decide where hazard signs need to be located.

It can be helpful to do a room by room tour of your premises to identify any potential hazards before planning your signage, and if in doubt, do consult the Health and Safety Executive about your signage responsibilities.

We supply a complete range of sign fixings. These will ensure that you can affix any sign to any surface and you can rest assured that they will remain wherever they are displayed for a long period of time.

Types of Hazard Signs

We offer a huge range of hazard signs, helping employers safely signpost any areas of their premises where workers or members of the visiting public may potentially be placed at risk.
Our hazard sign range warns of static physical hazards using items such as step signs, drop signs, mind your head signs for low doorways and ceilings, slippery surface signs, barbed wire signs, deep water signs and anti-climb paint signs.

We also supply danger signs that alert people to potentially-dangerous practices in an area they are entering, such as fork lift truck signs, vehicle warning signs, signs that warn of plant machinery in operation, arc welding signs and men at work signs.

Hazard Signs are also available that warn people of the presence of substances that may be hazardous to health including signs to warn of chemical hazards, explosives and explosive atmospheres, radiation hazards and biological hazards. There are also a wide range of electrical signs, such as those which indicate live wiring and voltages.


What Hazard Signs do I need for my premises?

The type and number of hazard signs you will need to comply with health and safety regulations will be determined by the hazards identified within your premises. If in doubt consult the Health and Safety Executive for advice on compliant hazard signage.

Where should Hazard Signs be placed?

Hazard signs should be displayed so that anyone approaching a hazard from any angle receives sufficient warning of the potential danger ahead.

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