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.
• 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.