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Warning signs are used to give forewarning of a potential hazard or danger. Standard warning signs must be triangular or contain a triangle showing a black pictogram with at least a 50% yellow background. All warning signs sold by Nationwide Fire Extinguishers comply with the safety signs and signals regulations 1996.

Different levels of danger are contained within the warning signs banner, and are defined as: Danger, Warning and Caution. Danger signs are used in high level risk environments where serious injury or death may occur, eg ‘Danger deep water’ ,‘Danger High Voltage’ or ‘Danger Asbestos removal’. Warning signs are used in potentially dangerous situations which if not avoided may result in injury or death, for example ‘Warning moving vehicles’ or ‘Warning electric fence’. Caution signs are used for low level risk situations, which, if not avoided may result in minor or moderate injury. Examples of such Caution signs are ‘Caution, trip hazard’ and ‘Caution hot water’.

The Safety signs and signals regulations 1996 aim to standardise safety signs throughout the member states of the European Union so that safety signs, and warning signs wherever they are seen, have the same meaning. The regulations oblige employers to provide specific safety signs whenever there is a risk that has not been avoided or controlled by other means, for example, by engineering controls and safe systems of work. Where a safety sign would not help to reduce that risk, or where the risk is not significant, there is no need to provide a sign. The Regulations apply to all places and activities where people are employed.

Legislative Health and Safety Policy requires every business to provide health and safety training for all employees, to maintain accident records and to make sure that the relevant Health and Safety Signs are displayed throughout all premises. Ensure that your workplace complies with health and safety regulations without breaking the bank by buying your warning signs, risk assessment and training materials, fire log books, and health and safety posters from Nationwide Fire Extinguishers.