Fire Safety Signs

Fire safety sign showing the words fire exit and a person running

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Fire safety signs play a crucial role in site safety

Advice on the application of the Regulations to fire safety signs can be obtained from your enforcing authority for fire safety, that is, from fire officers, environmental health officers or building control officers of local authorities, or in some cases, HSE inspectors.

A fire safety sign is defined in regulation 2(1) as a sign (including an illuminated sign or an acoustic signal) which:

(a) provides information on escape routes and emergency exits in case of fire;
(b) provides information on the identification or location of firefighting equipment;
(c) gives warning in case of fire.

Which areas should have clearly visible fire safety signs?

Did you know that employers must provide safety signs if there is a significant risk that can’t be avoided or controlled in any other way, such as through safe systems of work or engineering controls?

The HSE goes on to say that there is no need to provide safety signs if they don’t help reduce the risk or if the risk isn’t significant. This applies to all places and activities where people are employed.

Employers must, where necessary:

  • use road traffic signs in workplaces to regulate road traffic
  • maintain the safety signs they provide
  • explain unfamiliar signs to their employees and tell them what they need to do when they see safety signs

So, signs are required in all areas where there is a significant risk that can’t be avoided or controlled in any other way.

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 Further reading

HSE: Safety Signs and Signals Guidance on Regulations (L64)

EU-OSHA: Directive 92/58/EEC – safety and/or health signs

Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence v1.0.

Contains information published by the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA).