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Warning Signs

Are you looking for Warning Signs to reduce risks on site and in the workplace?

There are many potential hazard warnings to the safety of workers and the general public that warning signs should tell us about. At the Sign Shed we can help you to but the correct warning sign and hazard safety signs.  It is extremely important to use the correct workplace hazard warning signs to highlight the health and safety hazards. Using EC recognised symbols and text, a warning sign should provide a clear message to be careful or take precautions in a designated area from a potential hazard.

Danger signs can be used in extreme situations to warn of an immediate hazard that will result in serious injury or death if not avoided. The use of the word warning indicates a hazard that could result in harm, whereas caution signs warning identify risks that may result in minor to moderate injury, such as warehouse signs like "Caution Fork Lift Trucks Operating".

What are Danger and Warning Signs?

Danger and Warning Signs often get confused, the differences are that Warning Signs indicate where injuries are classed as severe injury or death MAY happen. Danger signs however indicate an area where injury or death are VERY LIKELY to happen unless proper care is taken.

Warning signage must comply with British Standard BS EN ISO 7010:2012, the safety signs recognised standard.

Shop from an extensive range of warning signs, caution signs and danger signs that inform of hazards and comply with current health and safety legislation. The signs include the internationally recognised yellow warning triangle. In addition, there's a choice of self-adhesive vinyl stickers, recycled plastic or composite aluminium.

The importance of warning signs

Every workplace comes with an array of hazards. Even safe-looking offices can contain risks. Workplace injuries can negatively affect staff well-being and team morale, and employers have a legal duty to offer appropriate protection to their employees and customers. A crucial part of this legal responsibility is the need to display relevant warning signs.

What type of sign do I need?

There are different categories of signs that you have to consider. Danger signs are used in situations where there is an immediate risk that can cause death or severe injury. Warning signs are generally used to highlight a hazard that may lead to harm, while Caution signs are appropriate in situations where risks could lead to a moderate or minor injury.

Therefore, the starting point is to carry out total health and safety risk assessments to establish what type of sign is most appropriate for each area of your business.

Warning sign types

There are many types of warning signs, although all must be compliant with the official standard in the UK, which is BS EN ISO 7010:2012. Warning signs can provide notice of a variety of hazards:

• Heavy vehicles

• High voltage

• Asbestos

• Wet floor

• Dangerous chemicals

• Electrical injury risk


Our warning sign expertise means that we can help you find the right type of sign for your needs, whatever the hazard. We can provide warning sign solutions, from collapsible temporary signs to wall-mounted permanent notices. Our range includes:

• CCTV In Operation. This sign serves as a deterrent, warning potential criminals that CCTV surveillance systems will capture their actions.

• Caution Fork Lift Truck. Often used in warehouses where forklift trucks operate, helping to ensure that employees remain alert.

• Caution Mind the Step. Accidents caused by tripping are a significant source of lost time and injury in the workplace, and this sign is ideal for positioning at dangerous points.

• Blind Spot Take Care. A helpful sign that motorists can use to alert cyclists of the potential dangers of attempting to undertake a larger vehicle.

• Caution Mind Your Head. Appropriate in locations where low beams, door frames, or ceilings causes the risk of head injury.

Where to locate warning signs?

The primary purpose of a warning sign is to reduce accidents, and the ideal location for a sign will depend on the precise layout of the premises. For example, in the case of an uneven floor or low beam, the sign should be placed close by the hazard location to be seen in advance. However, where a warning sign applies to an entire site, People responsible for Health and Safety should display it at the entrance.

It is essential to ensure that every warning sign is visible. This is particularly relevant if the signs are outdoors, as prolonged exposure to the elements can affect the integrity and clarity of the sign, which may have to be replaced to ensure it is still serving its purpose.

If you have any queries about warning signs, their correct deployment and use, or which sign will suit the best for your needs, get in touch with us today. We can help ensure that your workplace remains a safe and secure environment for staff and customers alike.

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