Don’t ignore the signs

Published:  05 April, 2013

New workplace signs must comply with proposed legislation that could see all workplace signage standardised throughout Europe.

The changes will see ISO 7010, which promotes the use of internationally recognised symbols on safety signs, become EN 7010 and the change means the standard could become written into both UK and EU law as opposed to simply being a recommendation, said Slingsby.

Martyn Lowe, QESH advisor at Slingsby, commented: “This will be a major shake-up of legislation surrounding safety signs and although the introduction date is still to be confirmed, it will affect nearly all businesses and public sector organisations throughout the UK.

“It’s always advisable to carry out signage audits on a regular basis to check all signs are relevant to potential risks and fully comprehensible.”

Under The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996, employers are required to provide specific safety signs whenever there is a risk that has not been eradicated by other means.

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