Why Are Health and Safety Signs So Important?
Employers have a moral and legal obligation to make sure that the workplace is safe for employees. Amongst other features this includes health and safety signs being displayed at appropriate places around the building.
Read below for more reasons why health and safety signs are vital for your place of work.
- To comply with the law
The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations set out clear guidance for when signage is required, including “where there is a significant risk to health and safety that has not been removed or controlled by other methods” and where “the sign can further reduce the risk”. It is important companies understand the regulations and comply with them.
- To show escape routes
It is also important to have signs that show where the nearest fire exit is as well as possible escape routes. These will vary depending on the type of business and the building, but all need to be clearly marked for staff as well as visitors/customers/clients.
- To prohibit actions
Another reason to have health and safety signs displayed is to make clear what actions are prohibited in or around the workplace. These actions could include things like no smoking, running or parking in certain areas. Conversely, they can be used to show designated areas where activities such as smoking are permitted.
- To warn of specific risks to health
Finally, signs are also important to warn about area specific dangers. This could include things such as low ceilings, uneven steps and ground or places where protective clothing needs to be worn by employees.
Visual Impact is a leading provider of both indoor and outdoor signage and have created bespoke displays for clients across the UK. For more information about how we can help your business with its health and safety signage, please give our friendly team a call today on 01924 271619.