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Safety Signage

Mandatory signage Prohibition Warning Emergency escape

Prohibition sign

a sign prohibiting

behaviour likely to increase or cause danger

Warning sign – a sign giving warning of a

hazard or danger

Emergency escape/First-aid sign – a sign giving information on emergency exits, first-aid, or rescue facilities

Mandatory sign

a sign prescribing specific behaviour

Health and safety regulations require employers to use safety signs where there is a significant risk to health and safety that has not been avoided or controlled by other methods required under law, providing the use of a sign can help reduce the risk. Safety signs are not a substitute for other methods of controlling risks such as 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. Here are some common examples - click to enlarge.

Chemicals Corrosive materials Do not use unless supervised Ear protection zone Emergency stop buttom Eye wash Eye protection zone Flammable liquids Goggles must be worn Mind your head No smoking No unauthorised personnel Operating this equipment without authorisation PPE must be worn in this area Protective footwear and overalls must be worn Refuge point Toxic Wash your hands Asbestos sticker First aid 1a Fire Actions