Fire Safety Signs

The Health and Safety (Safety Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996 came into force on 1 April 1996.


The regulations require employers to use a safety sign where there is a significant risk to health and safety that has not been avoided or controlled by methods under other relevant law, provided that use of a sign can help reduce risk.


The regulations apply to all workplaces and to all activities where people are employed.

How does the law effect you?

• All new health and safety signs must now contain an appropriate symbol.

• All hazards must be highlighted with a safety sign if they cannot be controlled by other means.

• The location of emergency escape routes and fire fighting equipment must be clearly identified.

• Employers must provide employee training in the understanding of safety signs.