As a responsible business owner, it’s important to remember that safety signs need to be implemented in the workplace. A sign however, is not a substitute for safety equipment, but it should be an indicator of risk, and therefore needs to be seen to be of any use.
As stated in the Health and Safety Regulations act, “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 the use of a sign can help reduce the risk.”
Every business needs a range of fire safety signs. These include fire exits signs, assembly point signs, fire equipment location signs and evacuation route signs.
Fire exit sign
A fire exit sign denotes the location of the closest emergency exit in case of fire or another emergency. The fire exit sign shows people where they should go in the event of a fire or other emergency. The signs helps everyone to find the shortest, quickest and safest route to exit the premises and could be the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency.
Assembly point sign
The use of a fire exit sign and fire assembly point sign is mandatory to comply with legislation. Fire assembly points are available in a range of sizes and materials, and are suitable to use indoors and outdoors. It’s important to have these signs implemented in the workplace so that it is safe for your employees and visitors.
Firefighting equipment location signs are designed to help people find essential fire equipment and alarm points quickly in the event of an emergency. These signs tend to have white pictograms on top of a red background, which makes it clear enough to read and recognise.
Evacuation route sign
Evacuation signs help to deter panic and direct people to the correct assembly meeting point or to the correct evacuation route. These signs tend to be used more in America in freak weather conditions, such as blizzards and hurricanes, but they can still be used here.
Assembly signs are much more frequently used in the UK, and are often white pictograms on top of a green background.
It’s important to position your signs correctly; you need to find locations where there is clear visibility and where your employees work around. Clear signage can give staff crucial information when it’s needed, and it has the potential to save lives.