What is Health and Safety (on behalf of Seton)

October 18, 2012 13:00 ET

Safety Signs Are a Winter Essential Says Health and Safety Website

The right signage can keep employees safe

CHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Oct. 18, 2012) - Everywhere you look these days, there seems to be a safety sign advising us of one thing or another, but one website has dubbed them "absolutely essential".

According to whatishealthandsafety.co.uk, basic safety signs for the workplace are a must-have, as they help keep employers, visitors and general members of the public safe and reduce personal injury. They also give clear visual guidance and instruction to everyone who sees them and are particularly useful in winter - when everything is a little colder, wetter and icier.

Matt Hornsby, a spokesman for the site, said: "The Great British Summer might have been a washout, but the bad weather looks set to continue. That's why it's important to prepare for the cold spell and invest in a wide range of safety signs. These can be bought online from reputable sources and are absolutely essential - so stock up before it's too late."

He continued: "There are a wide range of signs available, but each one is colour-coded for your convenience and offers its own unique message. Mandatory signs, for instance, include a white pictogram on a blue background and tell people what they must do. Alternatively, hazard signs have a black pictogram on a yellow background and give out a clear warning."

As well as standard safety signs, whatishealthandsafety.co.uk has also highlighted the importance of photoluminescent signs. These are highly-durable, glow in the dark floor signs that don't rely on electricity and are often used to show escape routes and fire exits. They are easy to apply and can glow for up to 15-hours, so it's well worth introducing these to your business too.

If you are not sure which safety signs you need, it is wise to carry out a risk assessment of your premises. This is a thorough, legally-required procedure that will help you identify any workplace hazards. It must be carried out with care, so record all your findings from the inspection and purchase the right health and safety supplies for your company. It's good to note that steps, car parks and walkways can become particularly dangerous in winter, so keep this in mind.

The above health and safety advice follows worrying statistics released by the Health and Safety Executive. These show that over 200 people are killed at work every year and over one million people are injured, so it's worth safeguarding your premises.

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