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Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations

All health and safety signage must comply with the Health and Safety (Signs and Signals) Regulations 1996. The regulations standardise signage across European Union states. Signs should include a symbol and be of the correct colour to identify their specific group.

 
Prohibition Signs
Prohibition Signs

Meaning
Indicate a prohibited action

Distinguishing features
Crossed circle

Colour
Predominant = red
Symbol = black
Background = white
Safe Condition Signs
Prohibition Signs

Meaning
Indicate a prohibited action

Distinguishing features
Crossed circle

Colour
Predominant = red
Symbol = black
Background = white
 
Warning Signs
Warning Signs

Meaning
Indicate potential danger

Distinguishing features
Triangular symbol

Colour
Predominant = yellow
Symbol = black
Background = yellow
 
Mandatory Signs
Mandatory Signs

Meaning
Indicate a specific action that must be carried out

Distinguishing features
Circular symbol

Colour
Predominant = blue
Symbol = white
Background = blue
Fire Signs
Fire Signs

Meaning
Indicate the location of fire equipment

Distinguishing features
Rectangular or square symbol

Colour
Predominant = red
Symbol = white
Background = red