Compulsory Safety Signs for all UK Workplaces

09 Jul 2018

Compulsory Safety Signs for all UK Workplaces

Depending on the type of business you run, you will need different safety signs. If you run a factory, you will likely need various mandatory signs, such as ‘Wear Masks’, ‘Ear protectors must be worn’ or ‘Safety helmets must be worn’.

On the other hand, if your business is based in an office you won’t need as many safety signs.

Nonetheless, there are several safety signs that are compulsory for any company in the United Kingdom. Here are a few of them:

Emergency exit signs

Whether you own a small shop or a 100,000 sq ft warehouse, you are required to have emergency exit signs clearly displayed throughout your premises.

These signs will make it easy for employees and visitors alike to locate the nearest exit in the event of a fire or other emergency situation in which they are required to leave the building.

Prohibition signs

At a minimum, employers are required to display ‘No Smoking’ signs in your workplace.

If you are in charge of a reservoir or another place with deep water, you will be required to clearly display ‘No Swimming’ signs. Other prohibition signs include ‘No Entry’, ‘Authorised Personnel Only’ and ‘Do not use mobile phones’

Fire signs

You are obliged to display where the fire alarm is, with instructions on what to do in case of fire. You are also required to show employees and visitors alike where the fire assembly points are, as well as where fire extinguishers are located.

Fire signs should also be placed on fire doors and fire exits, advising people to keep those doors clear and shut at all times.

Road traffic signs

If your premises house a road, you need to display speed limits, which are also prohibition signs.

If there is temporary roadworks taking place at your premises, you are required to clearly display where footpaths are closed; if it is single file traffic or whether there are any diversions.

To view the full range of compulsory safety signs, visit ASPLI’s website, today, to ensure your workplace is fully covered.


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