Everywhere you look there is a sign advising us of one thing or another – but information and safety signs can be an absolute essential in protecting people against incidents around the workplace or constructions sites.
The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 (the Safety Signs Regulations) require:
- Employers to use a safety sign where there is a significant risk to health and safety that has not been avoided or controlled by the methods required under other relevant law, provided use of a sign can help reduce the risk. Safety signs are not a substitute for those other methods of controlling risks such as engineering controls and safe systems of work.
- They apply to all workplaces and to all activities where people are employed, but exclude signs used in connection with transport or the supply and marketing of dangerous substances, products and equipment.
- The Regulations require, where necessary, the use of road traffic signs in workplaces to regulate road traffic.
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