[UK] Workers Health and Safety : updated Guidance on Safety Signs and Signals

This is an updated guidance document on safety signs and signals for the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. This is the third edition of this guidance coded “L64” and was published on the 01st of June 2015.

Who is the Safety Signs and Signals guidance designed for ?

The guidance is designed for any employers, duty holders and any other persons who have responsibility under the Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 for the control of sites and premises. In addition this guidance is also applicable to those who operate equipment that requires verbal or non-verbal communications.

The signs and signals in this guidance are required when, despite putting into practice all relevant safety measures, there still exists a significant risk to the health and safety of employees.

Goals and coverage  of the Safety Signs and Signals guidance :

The guidance covers how signs should be clear and unambigous. It also states that the use of too many signs can cause confusion and urges employers to avoid this.

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 transpose into UK law an EU Directive designed to harmonise signs throughout all member states, details of which and BS EN ISO 7010 are in the guidance.

This third edition brings the guidance up to date with all regulatory changes specifically those made by the Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Chemicals (Amendments to Secondary Legislation) Regulations 2015 and the Regulations in this Guidance reflect all changes made.

For more detailed information please refer to the guidance itself.

Red-on-line EHS Legal Specialist

Sources:

L64 (Third Edition) Guidance on The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 published on the HSE website on the 01st June 2015.