The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 covers the provision of fire safety signs that are required in the workplace.
These Regulations bring into force the EC Safety Signs Directive 92/58/EEC on the provision and use of safety signs at work. The safety Signs Directive which was adopted on 24 June 2003, recognised the need for all workplaces to have easily recognisable signs and symbols relating to safety matters and encourage the standardisation of safety signs throughout commerical and public facilities so that safety signs, wherever they are seen, have the same meaning.
Safety signs are divided into categories according to the type of message they are intended to convey. Each category is assigned a specific format and set of colour s. Detailed specifications such as relative dimensions and the permitted relative proportions of colours are given in BS 5499.
These signs should he used to convey "Do Not" type commands For example, to indicate that smoking is not allowed or where a particular material reacts dangerously with water, "Water should not be used" sign.
These signs should be used to make people aware of a nearby danger. For example,
These signs should he used to indicate actions that must be carried out in order to comply with statutory requirements.
In order to comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations 1991,
These are signs used to provide additional information. In the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 these are confined to directional arrows.
Exit signs should be legible at all material times. In premises where emergency lighting has been considered necessary for means of escape
The regulations place a duty on employers to ensure that safety signs are provided in circumstances where the risk to the health and safety of employees, ./p>
These signs are used to mark the location of fire fighting equipment and fire alarm activation points. However, where possible, fire equipment should be
The same general process outlined above is applicable to this section. Again it is assumed that because there is a possibility of a fire occurring in
The visible areas of these signs are manufactured from Photoluminescent materials. These materials contain chemicals that are able in absorb and store energy
In order to comply with the requirements of the Building Regulations 1991, every doorway or other exit providing access to a means of escape, other than exits in
Where evacuation from buildings is needed, the Regulations require the fire alarm signal to be continuous. Fire alarms conforming to BS 5839-1:2017. Fire detection and alarm systems for buildings do not need changing, nor do other acceptable means such as manually operated sounders, e.g. rotary gongs or hand bells.