Replacing Mandatory Signs in the Workplace That Have Been Stolen

Employers have a duty and a legal requirement to have certain types of signs in the workplace. Replacing mandatory signs that have been stolen is the responsibility of the owner or supervising authority that controls the workplaces or premises.

In addition to regulations, the signage regulations recently went into effect throughout the also. The directive, now part of law, requires that signs throughout the are integrated and coordinated so that signs will have the same meaning throughout all member countries.

These regulations were recently phased in and went into effect on 1 June 2015.

What Does the Sign Regulations Require?

In essence, employers must maintain the appropriate safety signs in the workplace. Signs are used where, under the terms set forth in the law, the risk to health and safety exists. Signs are considered a way to mitigate the risk. Signs, however, are not a substitute for other safety measures, for example, a first suppression system and alarm.

Even if the place of work may have fire alarm systems in place, the need for signage still exists under the law.

Appropriate signs do not have to be bought through the government. There are private companies that specialise in providing the appropriately designed signs, in the appropriate shapes and colours that conform to the legal code.

Types of Signs

There are several types of required health and safety signs:

• Prohibition

• Warning

• Mandatory

• Emergency Escape

• First Aid

These are only some of the signs you might need. It will depend on the shop type of work being done.

What Is a Signboard?

Signboards are signs providing the required information or instructions to the employee or visitor. The signboards will be of a certain shape and colour with a pictogram indicating whatever information that is necessary to convey. The signboard must also be visible or lit in a fashion so that it is readable. There are certain standards of lighting required by the government also concerning signboards.

Below is some of the required signage. There are many more too. The employer or supervisor should consult with a company or organization with expertise in signage to determine exactly what sorts are needed.

Prohibition Signs

Prohibition signs are signs that forbid certain actions or behaviour due to the inherent safety risk to the person performing the act or to people around him or her. For example, there are signs that prohibit access to certain areas or rooms.

Warning Signs

These signs provide notice that there is a risk or hazard nearby. For example, a high-pressure valve would have a warning size attached.

Mandatory Sign

This sort of signboard makes certain actions required. For example, you will see this sign on a construction site where wearing safety goggles are mandatory.

Emergency Escape or First-Aid Signs

These signs provide information as to where emergency escape hatches or doors may be located. These signs will indicate the pathway out of a building, for example, in the event of a fire. They will also show where first-aid can be obtained in the event of an accident.

How to Keep People Safe on the Ski Slopes

Skiing can be a fun, exhilarating sport, the adrenalin rush along with the breath-taking mountain views make it a great experience. However it can also be a very dangerous activity if proper safety precautions aren’t taken. Hundreds of people are injured each year on ski slopes throughout the UK and occasionally there are even fatalities.

First off, before hitting the slopes you must make sure you have the right equipment. Ski gear includes skis, bindings, boots, poles, helmet and Goggles. All of these can be bought at your local ski or outdoor shop, where the shop assistants will be able to help you find exactly what you need. Alternatively, when just starting out many people opt to rent skiing equipment from their ski centre. In this case you will be provided with the correct equipment and shown how to use it. Once you have all the correct equipment and safety gear it is time for you to get on the slopes.

However correct equipment is not the only safety measure you need to take. Most ski centres will provide you with an additional list of safety measures which will also outline the inherent risks of skiing; weather conditions; existing and changing snow conditions; avalanches; bare spots, rocks, stumps, and trees and collisions with natural objects, man-made ramps, or other skiers.

Like any outdoor sport, skiing is dependent on weather conditions. You should always look up the weather forecast before going on the slopes, to make sure it is suitable for your skiing ability. Heavy rain can affect visibility, so you will need to be extra careful and perhaps reduce your speed. The same applies to cloudy of foggy conditions. In times of bad weather and storms, ski centres will often close slopes if they deem them too unsafe. It is important that you respect these decisions and don’t try to go on any unauthorised slopes.

Avalanches are perhaps the greatest danger to skiers and snowboarders. They can be caused by several different things. For example, new snow or rain can cause the snow underneath to unexpectedly dislodge and pour down the side of the mountain. Earthquakes and the natural movements of animals have also been known to cause avalanches. Sometimes there are no obvious causes and avalanches can occur naturally. Avalanche forecasts are available online or by contacting local ski centres, which can give skiers the relative to understand the current risks. Anyone who is inexperienced in dealing with avalanches should avoid the slopes when there is a moderate to high risk. Courses are available through organisations like Ski Club Great Britain, that teach avalanche safety, which can be useful for skiers’ safety.

When skiing on potential avalanche terrain there are a few safety measures you must follow. Only go down one at a time, when stopping make sure it is on an island of safety, keep your tracks together to avoid disturbing the snow too much and always have escape routes planned.

What Is In A Warning Sign?


Heed the warning; the warning sign is there to protect you. Warning signs are all around us, and some we blatantly ignore, some we heed and others we cheat on just a little.

At the Curve of the Road

What do you do at the curve of the road, where the warning sign says “Reduce Speed Now”? Do you look at the curve and think, I am all right, or do you reduce your speed now?

In Britain, in 2013, more than 183,000 people were killed or injured on the roadways; don’t be one of those statistics. Follow the signs and below we discuss what are the most popular warning signs

Warning Signs

Britain’s Ministry for Transport uses approximately 96 roadway warning signs to try to protect the public, and that is just the beginning. There are signs for construction sites, fire safety, controlling access, and many other uses. In total, we found more than 1,600 signs giving warnings or instructions about how to protect one’s self.

Companies, the government and even your neighbours use them to try to protect us from ourselves. The sad fact though, is many of us do not heed the warning.

The Signs

What are the most popular warning signs? A good question to ask, and it all depends in what sector of the British Economy being considered.

Construction Sector

In the construction sector, Site Safety Signs, along with signs outlining specific hazards are the most popular. Signs warn about deep excavations, falling and tripping hazards, risk to electrical shock, signs associated with safety and moving traffic, risk of fire and explosions, warning about hazardous materials and even as innocuous as what is required to enter a work zone

Companies have a huge liability for the worker and public safety, and they show part of their due diligence towards workplace safety and only going 100 percent accident-free on any job site could be better than that.

Pedestrian Signs

For the pedestrian, there is a litany of them to help protect us while we walk down the road or into a building.

Some of the most popular are signs warning us to keep out of unsafe areas and where to cross the street. All in a good day’s walk and even at that anyone of us has probably, at one time or another, not heeded the warnings.

Fire Safety Signs

Following signs for the construction sector, fire safety signs are everywhere. There are more than 200 warning and information signs related to fire and fire safety, and considering the dangers of fire, these are some of the most popular.

Fire signs show up at doorways to lead us in the safest route to extraction, there are signs to advise of the location of fire equipment, and where to take refuge and gather outside a building.


Warning signs cover just about any risk imaginable, and for one’s personal safety, it is best to heed the warning. To address the question, “what are the most popular,” one could suggest that roadway signs and fire signs in the public sector top the list. In the industrial sector, there is a litany of warning signs and those for the areas are most prevalent.