Fire safety signs across the UK and Ireland

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 covers the provision of fire safety signs that are required in the workplace. A fire risk assessment will ensure that a business premises complies with all fire safety signage regulations and is the most effective way of receiving expert advice on whether your signeage meets these regulations

These Regulations bring into force the EC Safety Signs Directive 92/58/EEC on the provision and use of safety signs at work. The safety Signs Directive recognised the need for all workplaces to have easily recognisable signs and symbols relating to safety matters and encourage the standardisation of safety signs throughout the member states of the European Union so that safety signs, wherever they are seen, have the same meaning.

In this country, the Directive has been implemented through the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals Regulations) 1996. These regulations apply to all places of work covered by the Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974. All safety signs have been required to comply with these Regulations from 1st April 1996.

The Regulations cover various means of communicating health and safety information. These include the use of illuminated signs, hand and acoustic signals, e.g. fire alarms, spoken communication and the marking of pipework containing dangerous substances. These are in addition to traditional signboards such as prohibition and warning signs. Fire safety warning signs, fire exit signs and fire-fighting equipment are also covered.

If you would like advice and assistance to ensure that the fire safety signs in your premises meet the regulations please contact us today.