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The HSE defines that Prohibition Signs are displayed to prohibit behaviour “likely to increase or cause danger”. A prohibition sign is a type of health and safety sign that is used to prevent various actions in certain areas. Most commonly used as sign to unauthorise people from doing something they are not meant to and comply to the health and safety regulations. 

What is the name of a Prohibition Sign?

Examples of prohibition signs and their meaning include access signs such as “Do not enter”, machinery safety signs including "Do not touch signs", or legal health instructions like “No smoking signs”.

In general prohibition signs tend to contain instructions beginning “No” or “Do not”. The message is intended to inform that certain actions are unsafe, or not permitted due to health and safety regulations. This language also makes the instruction as clear as possible.

What colour of signage means prohibition?
UK law dictates that prohibited signs must feature a circle with red edging on a white background. In specific cases, this can also include a black pictogram to visually enhance the message.


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