Safety Sign Guide

What is a Safety Sign?

A safety sign provides information or instruction about safety or health at work by means of a combination of shape, colour and a symbol or pictogram which is rendered visible by lighting of sufficient intensity.  Signboards may be accompanied by supplementary text, e.g. 'Fire exit', alongside the symbol of a moving person. 

Legislation

All of our signs comply with the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 and all symbols have been updated to the current BS EN ISO 7010 standard.

Types of Safety Signs

Each type of safety sign has a specific colour, symbol type and meaning:

 

Prohibition Signs

A sign prohibiting behaviour likely to increase or cause danger.


Safety Colour:
  White Text on Red Background.

Symbol or Pictogram:  Round shape - Black pictogram on a white background with red edging and diagonal line (the red part to take up at least 35% of the area of the sign).

Example:  No access for unauthorised persons.

Mandatory Signs

A sign prescribing specific behaviour.


Safety Colour:
  White Text on Blue Background.

Symbol or Pictogram:  Round shape - White pictogram on a blue background (the blue part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign).

Example:  Eye protection must be worn.

  

 

Warning Signs

A sign giving warning of a hazard or danger.


Safety Colour:
  Black Text on Yellow Background.

Symbol or Pictogram:  Triangular shape - Black pictogram on a yellow background with black edging (the yellow part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign).

Example:  Danger electricity.

Fire Equipment Signs

A sign giving information on fire equipment.


Safety Colour:
  White Text on Red Background.

Symbol or Pictogram:  Rectangular or square shape - White pictogram on a red background (the red part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign).

Example:  Fire extinguisher.

  

 

Safe Condition Signs

A sign giving information on emergency exits, first aid, or rescue facilities.


Safety Colour:
  White Text on Green Background.

Symbol or Pictogram:  Rectangular or square shape - White pictogram on a green background (the green part to take up at least 50% of the area of the sign).

Example:  Emergency exit/escape route.