Safety signs

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 require the use of safety signs whenever there is a risk to health and safety that cannot be avoided or controlled by other means.

The Regulations also require safety signs to contain a pictogram to convey the message instead of text only.

Signs manufactured under the Safety Signs Regulations 1980 in accordance with BS 5378 are also satisfactory, because they are correctly colour coded and contain the same pictograms specified under the 1996 Regulations, ie

  • prohibitory signs – red
  • warning signs – yellow
  • mandatory signs – blue
  • emergency escape or first aid signs – green

Wherever signs still exist with text information only, they should either have a pictogram added or be replaced completely.

Visible pipework containing or transporting dangerous substances, particularly at sampling and discharge points, must have signs or labels fixed to them using the same symbols or pictogram found on containers of dangerous substances, but using the triangular shaped warning signs.

Whenever there is a need to renew, modify or supplement safety signs contact should be made with the University Safety Office, where a wide range of self-adhesive signs are available free of charge.

THIS STATEMENT FORMS PART OF THE UNIVERSITY’S SAFETY POLICY AND UNIVERSITY GUIDANCE NOTE S2/96 IS SUPERSEDED.  PLEASE AMEND THE INDEX.

May 2007