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SAFETY SIGN LEGISLATION UPDATE


Stocksigns offer advice on the upcoming deadline for displaying the


HSE’s new compulsory poster on workplace safety. The HSE is reminding UK businesses that the new version of the health and safety law poster must be displayed from 5th April this year. Under the Health and Safety Information for Employees Regulations, all employers have a legal duty to display the approved poster in a prominent position in the workplace or to provide each worker with a copy of the approved leaflet, outlining British health and safety law, which has also been updated.


The new 2009 versions of the poster replace the versions published in April 1999 and have been updated after research showed that the old versions were visually unappealing and rarely read, according to the HSE. The newer poster has been redesigned to be more readable and engaging, as well as reflecting changes in the law.


Each copy of the 2009 poster also incorporates a unique, serially numbered hologram in the bottom right hand corner to prevent mis- selling. Although first introduced in 2009, HSE set a five-year transition period for replacing the 1999 poster and a leaflet with the newer versions, with a deadline of 5th April 2014.


The 1999 versions of the approved poster are no longer for sale. You can purchase the Health and Safety Law posters here or for more information visit the HSE.


BS EN ISO 7010 ADVICE Another legislative change affecting the workplace in recent times is the adoption of BS EN ISO7010. While it isn’t yet a requirement to change all your existing safety signs to the new ISO 7010 versions, the advice is not to mix signage from different legislative standards. Best practice recommends, if changes or additions


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are needed, that you update your signs to the most recent standard. However, it is always good to include safety signs in your general safety audit and incorporate them as part of your continuous improvement plan with a view to bringing them up to date as soon as possible. In fact, The Health and Safety Sign Association offer the following advice regarding conformance to BS EN ISO 7010 and compliance to the Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations: “The new changes required to conform to BS EN ISO 7010 have been adopted specifically to ensure improved intuitive comprehension of the safety message.


“The legislation requires that a formal risk assessment be carried out and this will determine the need for safety signs to locate and identify lifesaving equipment, escape routes and first aid equipment. The Health and Safety Sign Association recommend that an audit and review should be carried out to determine the residual risk associated with using a safety sign of poor non-conforming design. It is a recommendation that a plan is drawn up for their replacement. This plan will prioritise the replacement of those signs that are poorly designed and that comprehension credentials have not been proven under BS ISO 9186.”


If you are unsure of your safety sign obligations, contact a reputable signage company. They will be able to offer you up to date advice and may also be able to provide you with a full site survey.


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