Health and safety signage


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Health and safety signage

  1. 1. Signage Health and Safety Advice for Stonemasons Stonemasonry Department 2011
  2. 2. The use of signage in the Construction Industry is governed by the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. The regulations state that employers must provide safety signs whenever there is a risk that has not been avoided or controlled by other means. The regulations also specify requirements for the shape colour and patterns of safety signs. Legislation
  3. 3. Safety signs can be readily identified by their colour. The colour will indicate the meaning and purpose of the sign as well as the instruction or information it is conveying: Prohibition Warning or Hazard Mandatory Fire Fighting Safe Environment Identifying Signs
  4. 4. Prohibition Purpose: Prohibition or Danger Alarm Description: Round shape, black pictogram on white background; red edging and diagonal line; red part to be at least 35% of the area of the sign. Prohibition
  5. 5. Warning or Hazard Purpose: Warning or Hazard Description: Triangular shape, black pictogram on yellow background with black edging; yellow part to be at least 50% of the area of the sign. Warning or Hazard
  6. 6. Mandatory Purpose: Mandatory (Must Do) Description: Round shape, white pictogram on blue background; blue part to be at least 50% of the area of the sign. Mandatory
  7. 7. Fire Fighting Purpose: Fire Fighting Equipment Description: Rectangular or square shape, white pictogram on red background; red part to be at least 50% of the area of the sign. Fire Fighting
  8. 8. Safe Environment Purpose: Emergency escape, first aid, no danger Description: Rectangular or square shape, white pictogram on green background; green part to be at least 50% of the area of the sign. Safe Environment
  9. 9. 1. Can you think of one sign from each classification that you have seen in your workplace? 2. Visit the following website and sketch two signs from each classification in your notebook 3. Visit the workshop and take note of all the signs you see and identify what they mean Activities
  10. 10. Developed by The Stonemasonry Department City of Glasgow College 2011