Safety signs give important messages and help to protect you

When you see a safety sign, always follow the information that it gives you

  • Prohibition signs

    Prohibition signs

    Danger, alarm - stop

    Prohibition signs tell you ‘Do not

    Prohibitions signs are round in shape and have a black pictogram on a white background. They have a red edging and a red diagonal line through the pictogram.

    For example, the ‘no smoking’ signs, which you will see in most work places, are a common prohibition sign. The sign on the right means ‘No entry for people on foot’, or ‘Don’t walk here’.

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  • Mandatory signs

    Mandatory signs

    Specific behaviour or action that must be obeyed

    Mandatory signs tell you ‘You must’

    Mandatory signs are round in shape and feature a white pictogram on a blue background with white edging. They are generally instruct people that they must carry out a certain action to comply with statutory requirements.

    For example, this sign is a common mandatory sign which means ‘You must wear safety gloves’.

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  • Hazard signs

    Hazard signs

    Be careful, take precautions

    Warning signs tell you ‘Potential hazard exists’

    Warning signs are triangular in shape and feature a black pictogram on a yellow background with black edging.

    For example, this exclamation mark is a common warning sign which you will see in many work areas, which is used to make people aware of nearby dangers. It simply means ‘Danger’.

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  • Safe condition

    Safe condition

    First-aid information, emergency escape routes, and similar information

    Safe condition signs give you ‘Information’

    Safe condition signs are rectangular or square in shape and feature a white pictogram on a green background with white edging.

    For example, this sign tells you where the emergency shower is, should you need it. For example, if you have chemicals spilled on you, or are burnt.

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  • Fire safety signs

    Fire safety signs

    Location of fire fighting equipment and facilities

    Fire safety signs give information about fire fighting equipment

    Fire safety signs are rectangular or square in shape and feature a white pictogram on a red background.

    For example, this is a common Fire Extinguisher sign which you will see in work areas. It informs you where you can find the fire extinguishing equipment and facilities.

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