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Provide clear warnings - Sometimes workers and visitors need a very clear message. If there is something they must not do then they need to know, and a ‘Do not’ sign will help to enforce this. This very simple instruction ensures the viewer will be in no doubt that there is something they should avoid doing and will help you prevent accidents.

All of our ‘Do not’ signs start with those exact words. Workers and visitors are left in no doubt as to the meaning of the signs. The signs are designed to catch the eye and get the message across quickly and will help to ensure safety procedures are followed.

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Clear Messages

Avoid confusion - Through the combination of straightforward text and simple images, our ‘Do not’ signs work to ensure your employees and visitors are aware of the rules at just a moment’s glance. By providing signage that has simple and clear instruction you can help to ensure the best safe working practices are followed with ease.

Safety should be simple - For example, the ‘Do not drink’ Sign is designed to be used when the tap water is not suitable for drinking. Often used in commercial kitchens, laboratories and factories where different taps have specific purposes - the message is clear. Even for those who cannot read the words there is an unmistakable image of a tap and a glass of water with a line through it, making it very easy to understand.

Prevent Accidents

Stop accidents before they occur - Properly displayed signage is very effective at preventing accidents and ‘Do not’ signs are one of the clearest ways you can inform your workers of potentially dangerous actions or areas. When working with any hazardous substances or environments, every worker and visitor needs to be made aware of the dangers.

Risks to health - In workplaces where asbestos has been used in the building, you need to inform employees about it quickly and simply, providing straightforward instructions for how to remain safe.

One of our best-selling Multi-Message Asbestos Signs makes this very clear to the viewer. It offers a clear warning that there is asbestos present and that it is dangerous, gives instruction that care should be taken with the simple ‘Do not disturb’ and ‘Avoid damage’ messages, and provides further information advising the worker to report any damage or disturbance immediately.

This is a simple sign with minimal information but it tells the worker everything they need to know.

Enforce Safety Procedures

Correct placement - While some signs may get the message across simply by being placed nearby potential risks, there are some dangers that need to be reinforced at the point an accident can occur. This is especially true when it comes to the use of potentially hazardous equipment where incorrect use or activation could have dire consequences.

For example, you may need safety signs in place to prevent people from flicking switches and pressing buttons when they should not. The ‘Do not switch on’ Signs offer a clear message, with the circle and line through it, indicating that the intended action is forbidden.

These signs are available with self-adhesive backing and are supplied in packs, so you can easily mark every switch or piece of machinery that should be left alone.

Specialist Materials

Seton are experts when it comes to Safety Signs - Our ‘Do not’ signs are no exception; with the various material, size and image options available, we are able provide a ‘Do not’ sign to suit your individual needs.

One of our most popular materials can be found on the ‘Do not use mobile phones’ Sign, which has a standard format or is available with a luminous background, so it can be easily seen in the dark. This is ideal for workplaces where the use of a mobile phone can cause health and safety risks. especially when in areas that are poorly lit or in the event of a power failure.

We have many more material options from self-adhesive vinyl to the rigid plastic with glossy finish, and whichever material you choose, you can easily fix them in place with our range of Sign Fixings to ensure they will stay in place for years to come.


How many Do Not signs do I need?

The number of Do Not signs will vary according to the specific needs of your workplace or area. As signs relating to health and safety, it is imperative that they are clearly visible and easy to see. For larger worksites, Seton offers Do Not signs in multipacks, including our 6-Pack Do Not Drink Signs and 6-Pack Don't Drop Litter Signs.

Where should Do Not signs be placed?

Most Do Not signs are related to health and safety hazards in the workplace and, as a result, need to be placed in highly visible locations. Do Not Use Signs also need to be regularly checked for any maintenance issues, such as the effects of adverse weather, vegetation or vandalism, which have rendered them illegible.

Signs such as Seton’s Scaffolding Incomplete Do Not Use Sign can be easily mounted to the scaffolding itself, so that it is highly visible and warns all employees and site visitors of the safety hazards. Similarly, Seton's Do Not Obstruct Sign can be handily mounted to posts for quick and efficient use when needed most.

How important are Do Not Use signs?

While their significance is perhaps less immediately relevant compared to that of other safety signs, Do Not signs are extremely important for ensuring the health and safety of all employees and site visitors in a workplace. These signs encompass everything from the Social Distancing - Please Don't Shake Hands Sign, to the Do Not Use Out of Order Sign, to signs related to equipment and access restriction.

These signs can have a big impact on employee safety and welfare and, as a result, are indispensable for the workplace. The HSE further describes the responsibilities of employers regarding safety signs and signals in the workplace in their guidelines on the topic.